I just read about FriendFeed using MySQL as a data storage engine. Very interesting post that highlights how much people have come to trust MySQL. FriendFeed basically built their own object storage system inside a single table. They manually create and update indexes in other tables in a nicely distributed and sharded database server setup. Overall its what I’d call a “very impressive” implementation. I can’t help but think back to how BlogLines used (or perhaps still uses) BerkeleyDB to store their data without a traditional RDBMS storage engine. I wonder if FriendFeed considered using a solution like that?
Archive for February, 2009
I came across a pretty good presentation by Andrei Zmievski from Yahoo! Inc. Its a 77 page walk-through of VIM for PHP Programmers – quite comprehensive! It covers essentials like setting marks and jumping to them quickly – which was a personal pet peeve of mine. Little did I know vim had that covered – even global marks across files ! Of course vim is a bottomless bucket if you’re going to pour sweat into learning it, Andrei admits it quite succinctly on slide 18 for instance – “vim regexp language is too sophisticated to be covered here.”