Practical web programming

Article describes algorithm of random row selection based on weight, so some rows will be selected more often than other. Article includes sample codes, so I hope will bу helpful to somebody.

Do not hesitate to leave comments if you have ideas how to improve the algorithm.

Random rows selection may be slow and there are several commonly used solutions to solve this problm could be googled. In my article I am trying to review a few algorithms and to describe benefits and limitations of them.

Let me know if I have missed some good algorithm.

As I have mentioned in one of my previous articles I am slightly disappointed in MySQL prepared statements, so I decided to look to theold and proven ways to improve the speed of the MySQL interaction. But what is even more impressive this approach allows even reduce hardware utilization.

This article describes SQL only and does not include PHP or erlang implementations, I hope publish some code soon.

I should confess - I am already using MySQL prepared statements for some time, but very rarely and mainly because they can make certain scripts more readable. As many of us I have read a lot of articles about coolness of prepared statements and that I should use them because of security and speed improvements. Finally my сuriosity won and I decided to test prepared statements against ordinary SQL statements myself. Friendly speaking I was impressed by the results I got….

Many of us sooner or later have to scale our web applications. When we are talking about scalability we are always talking about the data and data storage. There are many options for data storage nowdays as relational databases, key-value storages and document oriented storages , but great part of web applications are using MySQL relational database as the main data storage maibly because of its flexebility. This article describes one of the MySQL scaling approaches - partitioning.