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From the Frontiers of Research to the Heart of the Enterprise
O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
July 22-26, 2002 -- San Diego, CA


Apache

Session

Extending MySQL with C and Perl
Brian Aker, MySQL AB

Track: Databases
Date: Friday, July 26
Time: 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Location: Grande Ballroom B

Do you find yourself in the position of having a database that has a lot of data and a need to extract quantitative information from it? Or do you find that in some cases selecting large amounts of data is not practical. Large data sets can be costly too remove from a large database. When you think of these types of needs you think of data warehousing. From there you start thinking about big machines with large and costly licensed commercial databases. MySQL offers "user defined functions" which gives you the ability to extend MySQL for data warehousing needs. Through these you can extend MySQL to do complex analysis inside of the database. This is not limited to traditional character and number data, exotic binary data like images and music can be analyzed as well.

Examples will show how you can take well known Open Source libraries like Image-Magick and use these inside of MySQL.

Additional examples will be shown using myPerl. With myPerl you can even bypass the need to learn the internal structure of MySQL UDF structure and instead use a popular and easy to use scripting language like perl.


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