Sunday, July 19, 2009

Database anti-patterns that all developers should know

Josh Berkus, one of the core developers of PostgreSQL, gives a tongue-in-check talk on 10 ways to wreck your database.

The talk is about 40 minutes long -- a decent enough talk. However, the Q&A portion that followed the talk is stellar. Unfortunately, you can't really just skip to the Q&A portion and you definitely don't want to stop watching after the talk because you would get the wrong impression.

The most important point for me was that I need to start using natural keys in my database and normalized through natural keys rather than primary keys.

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