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Mysql 5.6 goes GA today, but we will wait for MariaDB to update Tue, Feb 05, 2013 MySQL 5.6.10 is the first generally available release of 5.6, meaning it's no longer beta software.  The new release comes many new features like Innodb full-text search, NoSQL Innodb access via memcached api and more. Innodb full-text search w... Read More

Supporting translation in our CMS - Charsets are now all utf-8 Mon, Feb 04, 2013 Complex characters such as those in Japanese, Korean and Arabic require more memory in order to be stored in a database and displayed on the screen.   Behind the scenes all our documents are encoded with some kind of standardized format based on... Read More

Test and production servers are both upgraded from MySQL 5.5.29 to MariaDB 5.5.29 Mon, Feb 04, 2013 After testing the sites and testing the linux upgrade steps on my test server with MariaDB 5.5.29, I was ready to go live with MariaDB in production. I was able to migrate from mysql to mariadb fairly quickly.  I did make a couple mistakes howe... Read More

Solution for MariaDB Field 'xxx' doesn't have a default value Mon, Feb 04, 2013 In the process of migrating from MySQL 5.5 to MariaDB 5.5, I made a configuration mistake. When I installed MariaDB with the default options, it had enabled the sql mode, "STRICT_TRANS_TABLES". It took me a while to realize that I needed to change ... Read More

MariaDB database server has some better features included by default compared with MySQL Thu, Jan 31, 2013 After looking into MariaDB more tonight, I found that some of its included features are indeed very nice. I read that Craigslist uses Sphinx search server for keyword searches and that you can integrate Sphinx with MySQL.   This makes it e... Read More

Google's Feedburner Subscribe Via Email Service Now Integrated With Our CMS Tue, Jan 29, 2013 Instead of announcing every update I make manually by email, I decided to start blogging more a while back.  But I still had to manually send links to the blog article to get people to check it out. When RSS feeds came out years ago, it didn't... Read More

Open source development has become important for both small and large corporations Tue, Jan 29, 2013 The free software foundation helps protect the rights of free software and they wrote many of the licenses in use and make those available to developers releasing free software: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Software_Foundation This chart shows ... Read More

Take inventory of licenses for third party code prior to distributing your application Mon, Jan 28, 2013 Most developers don't need to worry about legal use of third party software when all code stays behind the corporate firewall and is never sold or shared with others.  However, I want to give our code away as free open source projects.   Ov... Read More

Eliminate spaghetti code by implementing an event system Wed, Jan 23, 2013 "Spaghetti code" is not just talking about object oriented programming vs procedural, it is also saying something bad about how those elements are connected.   A lot of times, when editing bad code, it's like trying to take one of the Chris... Read More

MVC Framework now integrated with the live source code Sat, Nov 03, 2012 I finished integrating my new MVC framework with the live version of the source code and converted all of the sites from using CFML's Application.cfm to using the Application.cfc file which is a little faster and has a few extra important features su... Read More

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