Unfortunately the conversion to the blackhole storage engine didn't go as
smoothly as planned, due to unexpected date-time dilation effects along the
event horizon. Details are sketchy ("
Query OK, ∞ rows affected, 1 warning (0.00 sec)"), but it appears the insertion
of a date with the value
0000-00-00 into the black hole
would have introduced an irreconcilable paradox into the Einsteinian
space-time continuum and caused life as we know it to end.
Fortunately I was able to import the emergency reserve system
from the backup punchcards using PostgreSQL's
The post-mortem disaster review has lead me to the conclusion that I should have obtained this particular MySQL certification first.
You may have noticed that this site hasn't been updated very much in recent months. That's because I've been busy reengineering the site to make it fully Web 2.0-compliant. Unfortunately my graphic designer is off sick, so the curvy borders weren't ready in time for the relaunch, but rest assured they will make their appearance once the AJAX interface is complete.
One of the most important changes has been to the backend database. While PostgreSQL has served me well over the past few years, I feel the time has come to give MySQL a try, because it seems everyone is using it for their websites these days. Indeed, it is causing such a stir that even renowned companies such as Oracle have acquired a stake in strategic MySQL technologies such as InnoDB. I've listed some of the reasons for my move below.
The third, and possibly final beta for the next PostgreSQL version, 8.1, has been released for general testing. As well as the usual source tarballs a Win32 binary is also available.
- Source: http://www.postgresql.org/ftp/source/v8.1beta
- Windows binary: http://www.postgresql.org/ftp/binary/v8.1beta/win32
- General Beta Information: http://www.postgresql.org/developer/beta
... according to the rumour mill, e.g.: Sun's software chief eyes databases, groupware.
Details are sketchy as to the proposed branding. Sun Java Database anyone?
Updates for the currently supported PostgreSQL production series (7.3.x, 7.4.x and 8.0.x) have been released, fixing a number of minor problems related mainly to memory leakage. The new versions are 7.3.11, 7.4.9 and 8.0.4 respectively.
- postgresql.org: New point releases 7.3.11, 7.4.9 and 8.0.4
- Release announcement: