Josh Berkus

10 Ways to Wreck Your Database

Date: This event took place live on July 10 2009

Presented by: Josh Berkus

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

Cost: Free

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Want to make sure your database loses data, duplicates records, and can only handle 5 transactions a minute? Want to make your application developers curse you, your sysadmin hate you, and get yourself fired without a reference? These ten database design techniques will set you on the road to downtime perdition and maintenance hell.

About Josh Berkus

Josh Berkus is primarily known as one of the Core Team of the world-spanning open source database project PostgreSQL. He has been involved with various open source projects since 1998, including SPI,, LedgerSMB, Bricolage and OpenBRR and is on the selection committee for OSCON. Josh consults on database performance, and also makes pottery.