Thursday, December 20, 2007

Cool MySQL tricks

It's been a while since I've written a blog post, and I figured this was a good topic to write about. For the most part, I don't use SQL. There's numerous ORM (Object-Relational Mapping) tools and frameworks out there (ie Hibernate) that abstract away all the boiler-plate CRUD code. When I do have to use SQL (be it on the command line or with a query browser), I'm not afraid to dive right in, and it's interesting to learn new things about SQL because there's so much to learn and it's such a ridiculously powerful query language.

I had to update the configuration in one of my databases, but the configuration required inserting numerous new lines into a table for user roles. I could've written a stored procedure to do it, but given my (admittedly somewhat limited) knowledge of SQL, I figured this would take too much time and I didn't want to do it. (This is what I like to call constructive laziness). I kept Googling and found MySQL's INSERT INTO ... SELECT syntax, which allows you to conveniently insert the results of one query into another table. I'm sure that most other database implementations out there have a similar convenience syntax, but I happen to work with MySQL so there you go. It took what would've been a numerous line script with looping and separate SELECT and INSERT statements down to a one liner. If you use MySQL (especially with LAMP / AJAX) I recommend that you read about it.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Deleting .svn folders

Subversion is a great tool, but unfortunately it has to store metadata somewhere, and like all other code repository tools, it stores them in metadata directories ... for each directory in whatever project you're working with. I recently found that I have to copy parts of my project documentation out for some of our clients to access our APIs, and I wanted to quickly delete all the SVN metadata and trim certain other files where necessary. I figured the quickest way to do with would be a simple command. Windows PowerShell provides a good (though not great, and certainly not as good as bash) way of doing it :

Get-ChildItem -Recurse -force |where {$_.PSIsContainer -AND $_.Name -match "svn"} | foreach ($_) {remove-item -force -recurse $_.fullname}

Two Google queries yielded the above command from this blog. Happy reading.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Resolving logging issues with Tomcat

An idea for resolving the logging issues in Tomcat just occurred to me. I should probably be putting the logging jars in the individual lib directories for each of the webapps. I'll have to give this a try and post my results.