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Facebook Trapped In MySQL a 'Fate Worse Than Death' 509

wasimkadak writes with this excerpt from GigaOM: "According to database pioneer Michael Stonebraker, Facebook is operating a huge, complex MySQL implementation equivalent to 'a fate worse than death,' and the only way out is 'bite the bullet and rewrite everything.' Not that it's necessarily Facebook's fault, though. Stonebraker says the social network's predicament is all too common among web startups that start small and grow to epic proportions."
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Facebook Trapped In MySQL a 'Fate Worse Than Death'

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C++ is the best example of second-system effect since OS/360.