Using short lived postgres servers for testing

Database servers are usually long-lived, and important parts of the infrastructure that we build on. We rarely set them up from scratch, because we have to take such good care of them over time. I think this causes a lot of people to think that setting up a database server is some mysteriously difficult ordeal. To be clear, that’s actually true, if you need high availability and a solid recovery point objective....

May 27, 2024 · 5 min · 1042 words · Robin Kåveland

Building documentation for Eugene

I’ve been busy working on a documentation site for eugene, and I think it’s starting to look pretty good. I wanted to write down some of my thoughts around the process so far, and some of the things I’ve learned. It’s just been a few days since I ported my blog to hugo, so since I was already feeling like I was up to speed on that, I decided I’d try using it for the eugene documentation too....

May 20, 2024 · 7 min · 1343 words · Robin Kåveland

Linting postgres migration scripts

I have been working quite a bit on picking up dangerous migration patterns in migration scripts over at the eugene repository lately. A major feature I’ve added is syntax tree analysis, so that we can pick up some patterns without having to run the SQL scripts. This isn’t quite as precise as running the scripts, but it’s a lot faster and can catch quite a few common mistakes. So let’s take a look at how it works!...

May 16, 2024 · 7 min · 1475 words · Robin Kåveland

Careful with That Lock, Eugene: Part 2

A while back, I wrote Careful with That Lock, Eugene about an idea for how to check if a database migration is likely to disturb production. That post came about after having an inspiring chat with a colleague about the advantages of transactional migration scripts and the ability to check the postgres system catalog views before committing a transaction. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with this idea to test if I can use it to build valuable safety checks for DDL migrations....

May 6, 2024 · 13 min · 2581 words · Robin Kåveland

Careful with That Lock, Eugene

It is rewarding to work on software that people care about and use all around the clock. This constant usage means we can’t simply take the system offline for maintenance without upsetting users. Therefore, techniques that allow us to update the software seamlessly without downtime or compromising service quality are incredibly valuable. Most projects I’ve worked on use a relational database for persistence, and have some sort of migration tool like flyway or liquibase to make changes to the database schema....

April 12, 2024 · 9 min · 1759 words · Robin Kåveland