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Lowering the priority of a PostgreSQL query

November 27, 2005

When maintaining a large database system that requires high availability, there are times when you want to run some maintenance queries without impacting the performance of other users accessing the database. A nightly script that cleans up old data or updates cached calculations is a good example: the maintenance should be performed, but not at the expense of other connected users.

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XML in PHP 5

November 17, 2005

Now that PHP 5 is becoming more and more prevalent over its predecessors, some really good books that cover PHP need revisions. Nowhere is this more true than with XML-related topics, where PHP 5 has a completely different way of working with XML — and, in fact, the mechanisms from PHP 4 will no longer work. In this article, we’ll be looking at one way to build and parse an XML tree using the new methods in PHP 5.

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Mac OS/Linux/Windows Single Sign-On

November 13, 2005
Centralized authentication greatly simplifies network administration. This post teaches how to log in to a Mac or Linux computer using centrally managed user accounts from a Windows Active Directory domain controller. With this configuration, the same Windows user accounts can be used to log in to any of the three operating systems, Mac OS, Linux, or Windows, with the same user network folder auto-mounted.
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October 31, 2005

We have created the Big Nerd Ranch Weblog so that we can share some knowledge with everyone. We sincerely hope that the information presented here is useful. We will be talking about the stuff we consult and teach classes on:

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