Migration From Oracle to MySQL : An NPR Case Study

Joanne Garlow (National Public Radio)
Migration
Location: Ballroom B

This talk will cover what a few Oracle experts (but MySQL newbies) learned in a recent migration at NPR.org.

I will discuss how we separated our previously monolithic database into smaller, more functionally cohesive databases and some of the criteria we used to decide what tables ended up where. This architecture allowed for better load balancing and fault tolerance but it was outside our budget before we move to MySQL.

There will be a discussion of some specific differences in SQL to be aware of between Oracle and MySQL. My team put together a cheat sheet of changes in function names or signatures that I will share. We also found equivalents for sequences and Oracle Text indexes and other Oracle specific functionality in MySQL.

A few free tools we found helpful when writing code and debugging issues will be demoed and I’ll explain some differences between how these tools work verses some of the Oracle tools you might be used to.

Finally I’ll describe a few of the test cases we used that revealed issues with our MySQL server configuration and our own code. This will touch on some of the challenges we encountered with concurrency and encoding.

Joanne Garlow

National Public Radio

With over 20 years experience in computer programming, I have worked at places as varied as NASA, NCI as well as NPR.org doing everything from embedded C++ to supply chain algorithms to website development to Oracle DBA. I am currently working mostly in Java, JSP, Struts and PHP all with way too much Javascript running on Debian and MySQL.

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