Setup a SSH tunnel in IntelliJ

There seems to be a problem with the older MySQL driver and IntelliJ Ultimate. When I tried to connect to a remote MySQL instance using a tunnel, IntelliJ would refuse to connect. IntelliJ would show an error similar to the following: Cannot connect to a database. Tried three times. The linked online help page was not really helpful. I could create the tunnel manually and verify the settings, all seemed fine.

Demystifying MySQL User Management (Part 1)

Managing user accounts can be a bit confusing, when working with MySQL. The two main commands in that context: CREATE USER and GRANT. Obviously, CREATE user is for adding a new user while GRANT is used for assigning permissions. Pre-requisits: Docker Compose For testing access to a MySQL instance, we can use Docker for running said instance and two different client containers. The docker-compose snipped below orchestrates those three containers and puts them on a shared network.

Lightning fast integration tests with Docker, MySQL and tmpfs

Integration tests that involve database operations requite to tear down and re-initialize a database multiple times. Although most developer machines offer SSD and enough RAM, database initialization can consume a considerable amount of time nevertheless. Docker allows defining volumes that are mounted directly into the memory by using tmpfs. We can utilize this feature to utilize the speed up disk operations as during database imports, by moving the data from the disk into the memory.

Setup AWS MySQL 5.6 Aurora as a Slave for an external Master with SSL

Setting up Aurora as a slave for an external MySQL server that acts as the master is a bit tricky. Of course we want a secured connection. For this reason we need to create client certificates to be used by AWS RDS. The steps below should work for RDS as well. Generate and Sign the Certificates The process is actually simple, but AWS is picky how you generate the certificates. I was using a SHA flag that was accepted by a regular MySQL 5.

Illegal mix of collations: IntelliJ and UTF8mb4

When using variables inside SQL scripts within IntelliJ products (e.g. DataGrip), certain queries will not work because the encodings of the IntelliJ client and the server missmatch. This occurs for instance when you compare variables. A typical error message looks like this: [HY000][1267] Illegal mix of collations (utf8mb4_unicode_520_ci,IMPLICIT) \ and (utf8mb4_general_ci,IMPLICIT) for operation 'like'``` IntelliJ products do not yet support MySQL’s utf8mb4 character set encodings. The problem occurs when using variables in queries.

Verifying Replication Consistency with Percona’s pt-table-checksum

Replication is an important concept for improving database performance and security. In this blog post, I would like to demonstrate how the consistency between a MySQL master and a slave can be verified. We will create two Docker containers, one for the master one for the slave. Installing the Percona Toolkit The Percona Toolkit is a collection of useful utilities, which can be obained for free from the company’s portal. The following commands install the prerequisits, download the package and eventually the package.

Using Hibernate Search with Spring Boot

Spring Boot is a framework, that makes it much easier to develop Spring based applications, by following a convention over configuration principle (while in contrast Spring critics claim that the framework’s principle is rather configuration over everything). In this article, I am going to provide an example how to achieve the following: Create a simple Web application based on Spring Boot Persist and access data with Hibernate Make it searchable with Hibernate Search (Lucine) I use Eclipse with a Gradle plugin for convenience.

Deploying MySQL in a Local Development Environment

Installing MySQL via apt-get is a simple task, but the migration between different MySQL versions requires planning and testing. Thus installing one central instance of the database system might not be suitable, when the version of MySQL or project specific settings should be switched quickly without interfering with other applications. Using one central instance can quickly become cumbersome. In this article, I will describe how any number of MySQL instances can be stored and executed from within a user’s home directory.

A MySQL 5.7 Cluster Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS – Part 2

In a recent article, I described how to setup a basic MySQL Cluster with two data nodes and a combined SQL and management node. In this article, I am going to highlight a hew more things and we are going to adapt the cluster a little bit. Using Hostnames For making our lives easier, we can use hostnames which are easier to remember than IP addresses. Hostnames can be specified for each VM in the file /etc/hosts.

A MySQL 5.7 Cluster Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS – Part 1

A Cluster Scenario In this example we create the smallest possible MySQL cluster based on four nodes running on three machines. Node 1 will run the cluster management software, Node 2 and Node 3 will serve as dats nodes and Node 4 is the MySQSL API, which runs on the same VM on Node 1.

Parsing SQL Statements

JDBC and the Limits of ResultSet Metadata For my work in the area of [data citation][1], I need to analyse queries, which are used for creating subsets. I am particularly interested in query parameters, sortings and filters. One of the most commonly used query languages is SQL, which is used by many relational database management systems such as MySQL. In some cases, the interaction with databases is abstract, meaning that there is hardly any SQL statements executed directly.

Persistent Data in a MySQL Docker Container

Running MySQL in Docker In a recent article on Docker in this blog, we presented some basics for dealing with data in containers. This article will present another popular application for Docker: MySQL containers. Running MySQL instances in Docker allows isolating database infrastructure with ease. Connecting to the Standard MySQL Container The description of the MySQL docker image provides a lot of useful information how to launch and connect to a MySQL container.

Plotting Colourful Graphs with R, RStudio and Ggplot2

The Aesthetics of Data Science Data visualization is a powerful tool for communicating results and recently receives more and more attention due to the hype of data science. Integrating a meaningful graph into a paper or your thesis could improve readability and understandability more than any formulas or extended textual descriptions can. There exists a variety of different approaches for visualising data. Recently a lot of new Javascript based frameworks have gained quite some momentum, which can be used in Web applications and apps.

Neue Rezension: iX 11/2015

Im iX Magazinfür professionelle Informationstechnik wurde unser Buch in der Ausgabe 11/2015 von Bernhard Röhrig rezensiert. Gelobt wurden fachliche Qualität, Umfang, Testdatenbank und Layout, Kritik gab es für das Verstreuen der Neuerungen sowie kleineren Detailangaben zu speziellen Features.

Neue Rezension: Linux Magazin – Alles über MySQL

Das Linux Magazin hat in seiner Ausgabe 09/2015 die folgende Rezension veröffentlicht: Dass dieses Buch wenige Fragen offen lassen will, machen schon seine Dimensionen deutlich: Über 800 Seiten ergeben einen soliden Wälzer. So stellen die Autoren ihren umfangreichen Erklärungen zu MySQL denn auch eine Einführung in das Thema Datenbanken an sich voran und machen den Leser mit den grundlegenden Techniken der Datenmodellierung bekannt. Im zweiten Teil geht es dann systematisch um die MySQL-Administration: Er erläutert die Architektur der Datenbank, die Installation und die Bordwerkzeuge nebst einem Abstecher zu den Themen Backup und Monitoring sowie die Performance-Optimierung im Hinblick auf Hardware und Konfiguration.

Die dritte Auflage des MySQL Handbuchs

Nachdem wir im Dezember erfahren hatten, dass sich die Bestände der zweiten Auflage zu Ende neigen, ging es für uns Autoren an die Planung der dritten, aktualisierten Auflage des MySQL Buchs. Von Jänner bis April 2015 haben Eva Zangerle, Wolfgang Gasslerund ichan der Neuauflage unseres Buches gearbeitet. Eva, Wolfgang und ich haben seitenweise Release-Notes durchgeackert, Leser-feedback und wünsche eingearbeitet und natürlich so gut wie alle neuen Features berücksichtigt. Selbstverständlich haben wir auch das Datenset komplett neu erzeugt und mit Millionen von Einträgen gefüttert.

There was always snow at Christmas – Retrieving and processing historical weather data with Forecast IO

The weather was unusually mild this winter and many people seemed to remember back to the days of their childhood. In our memories, there was always snow at Christmas, but is that actually true? The curious among us know what to do, so lets see what the Internet has to offer for verifying our hypothesis. Unfortunately there are hardly any open weather data sources allowing to retrieve the weather conditions for any historical date., but in this short blog post I would like to show you how you can combine a few APIs and a little Java programming in order to retrieve the appropriate data. The complete project can be downloaded at GitHub.

Virtuelle Maschinen – Die perfekte Testumgebung

Wer sich richtig mit MySQL auseinandersetzen möchte muss natürlich alles ausprobieren, an jeder Schraube drehen und jede Detaileinstellung testen. Da intensive Tests nicht an einem Produktivsystem durchgeführt werden sollten, bietet es sich an auf eine virtuelle Umgebung auszuweichen, die vom eigentlichen System abgekapselt ist. Eine solche Testumgebung lässt sich sehr leicht mit der kostenlosen Software VirtualBox realisieren. Eine genaue Anleitung dazu habe ich im Blog zum MySQL-Buchverfasst.

MySQL on DigitalOcean Servers Crashing

The smalles instance of a DigitalOcean droplet only provides 512GB of RAM. Do not forget that this rather low in comparison with other Web servers. If you do not check your configuration files for Apache and MySQL and leave them at defaults, you can easily run out of memory, because DO droplets come without swap by default. In the case of MySQL, your will be confronted with this error message:

MySQL 5.6 – Die zweite Auflage des Handbuchs für Administratoren

Fanfare, Freude, Feuerwerk! Vor wenigen Tagen ist die zweite Auflage unseres MySQL Administrationshandbuchs erschienen. Eva Zangerle, Wolfgang Gassler und ich haben uns in den letzten Monaten wieder an die Arbeit gemacht und alle wichtigen und vielschichtigen Neuerungen der Version 5.6 von MySQL in eine neue Auflage eingearbeitet. Vor zwei Jahren ist die erste Version dieses Buchs erschienen. Wir haben tolles Feedback bekommen, mit Lesern diskutiert und dabei selbst sehr viel gelernt.