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So a reader had brought to my attention that I accidentally forgot to remove the filler text in the intro for issue #37. Although it isn't inherently bad that it was there (I did write a more personal message, but oh well), it was bad that I didn't include some form of credits. The poem in questions was written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

And here's the issue.

2Q Cache Management Algorithm

Published: 29 November 2020
Tags: postgres, sql


Databases access patterns are common throughout many applications, because most applications have similar requirements; some data should be accessed a lot, and some data should barely be accessed. How do you go about optimizing a system for this when you usually don't explicitly state where the boundary is? In this informative article, Arpit Bhayani presents the caching system used by Postgres to solve common database access patterns using multiple queues.

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Seeing is believing: a client-centric specification of database isolation

Published: 30 November 2020
Tags: database


Understanding the limitations and possible issues with a database isn't always easy. It not only requires a solid grasp of how queries work, but also knowledge about the inner workings of the black boxes that databases can be. Adrian Colyer has written an article summarizing a paper on database snapshot isolation states. There's an explanation for the motivation, an example, and plenty of definitions to get you up to speed with the important, but jargon heavy topic.

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ARM and Lock-Free Programming

Published: 29 November 2020
Tags: cpp


A common issue in programming is the formation of data races in asynchronous code. This often comes up when you're sharing data between threads. One approach in solving these issues is akin to Japanese carpentry without nails; lock-free concurrency programming. In this instructive article, Bruce Dawson introduces an example problem with cross thread data access, underlines some of the issues it could lead to, explains why a potential solution isn't in fact a solution, and finally offers a more reliable alternative, all in C++.

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