Baron Schwartz

Baron Schwartz

MySQL performance and scalability expert.

  • @http://www.twitter.com/xaprb

Charlottesville, Virginia

Areas of Expertise:

  • MySQL
  • databases
  • Perl
  • programming
  • PHP
  • web technologies
  • advertising
  • marketing
  • XML
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • programming
  • training
Baron Schwartz is a software engineer who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and goes by the online handle of "Xaprb," which is his first name typed in QWERTY on a Dvorak keyboard. When he's not busy solving a fun programming challenge, he relaxes with his family. He blogs about software engineering at http://www.xaprb.com/blog/. He's the Chief Performance Architect at Percona, the leading provider of support and services for MySQL.

High Performance MySQL High Performance MySQL
by Baron Schwartz, Vadim Tkachenko, Peter Zaitsev
Third Edition March 2012
Print: $54.99
Ebook: $46.99

High Performance MySQL High Performance MySQL
by Baron Schwartz, Peter Zaitsev, Vadim Tkachenko, Jeremy Zawodny, Arjen Lentz, Derek J. Balling
Second Edition June 2008
Ebook: $39.99

Diagnosing and Fixing MySQL Performance Problems Diagnosing and Fixing MySQL Performance Problems
by Baron Schwartz, Morgan Tocker
July 2010
Video: $99.99

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Early-Warning Is an Unknown Unknown

October 08 2013

In 2002, US Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld told a reporter that not only don’t we know everything important, but sometimes we don’t even know what knowledge we lack: There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. … read more

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Webcast: Diagnosing Intermittent MySQL Problems
May 04, 2012
In this webcast presentation Baron Schwartz, author of High Performance MySQL 3rd Edition, explains how to use a set of open-source tools he designed specifically for unattended problem detection.

"This is one of the best database technology books I've read, and the best one on MySQL...this book is really a tour de force for understanding MySQL database technology. Go get a copy!"
--Sean P. Hull, Amazon.com

"High Performance MySQL is yet another stellar book from O'Reilly. The book is co-written by ex-Yahoo! employee Jeremy Zawodny. With a popular site like Yahoo!, one of the crucial elements of their backend is making sure the performance of the site remains high. MySQL is notorious for not having well-documented literature on the issues of reliability, scalability and performance. This book teaches many strategies and techniques that allow your MySQL-powered application to perform much smoother."
--Glen Stansberry, NETTUTS

"This is a good book that is well worth the cost. While it is not a newbie book, there is plenty here for novice and expert alike. I can pretty much guarantee that if you work with, or want to work with, MySQL, you will get some value from it."
--Lewis Cunningham, MySQL Database News