Not All Eureka Moments Are Eureka Moments

Steven NgDaily Debug Blog, DatabasesLeave a Comment

I don’t want to be a jackass, but if you discover something that’s common knowledge, it’s probably a good idea not to act like it’s a major discovery, because people who click on a misleading linkbaity headline aren’t going to be happy with what they see.

I was on Hacker News tonight, and it turns out that someone discovered that you can “cut down database imports by a third using this one weird trick“. Lo and behold, that weird trick is to turn off indexes when doing bulk imports (this is ETL 101, by the way). At least the blog entry credits the Postgresql manual for giving them that ground breaking piece of information… so there’s that, I guess.

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