The Gunson Rules of Database Administration

It’s mostly a common-sense list of 10 or so dos and don’ts of being a DBA that I’ve realized over the years. It includes rules such as:
* When someone says, “oh, just test that on the production database”, don’t.
* Debugging and optimizing SQL is a fun and easy way to impress people.
* Monitor everything that could possibly go wrong so you can fix problems before anyone else notices.
* Insist on chocolate as payment for helping developers in case they believe you.

Video Producer: 2010 O’Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo