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Benjamin Oakes

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Hi, I'm Ben Oakes and this is my geek blog. Currently, I'm a Ruby/JavaScript Developer at Liaison. Previously, I was a Developer at Continuity and Hedgeye, a Research Assistant in the Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University and a student at the University of Iowa. I also organize, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

A Huge List of Free Programming Books

by Ben

A Huge List of Free Programming Books.

Lots of topics. Not all are suitable for offline- or tablet-reading (web-only). Many PDFs are marked with “(PDF)”.

char vs varchar for UUIDs in MySQL and PostgreSQL

by Ben

I spent some time today evaluating whether switching columns that store UUIDs from varchar(255) to char(36) (or binary, etc) would result in any noticeable performance improvement in MySQL. It does seem like it could make an improvement, but not enough to be worth the effort in our case.

What I learned from researching today:

If I’m wrong about what I took away from reading today, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to learn more about this.