I am often asked “How did you get to be so good at tuning Informix engines?” When I hear questions like that my normal human modesty and my massive personal ego go to war. Modesty wants to answer, softly, “Aw shucks, I just pay attention to what’s going on is all.” Meanwhile, my admittedly huge ego wants to scream, “Yeah man. I am awesome! You’d have to work hard for a long time to get where I am!” Unfortunately for my ego, my modesty’s take on the world far closer to the truth. When I can hear myself over my ego’s protests, I have to admit that I credit several things:
- Paying attention really is a big part of what I do, the hard part is what to pay attention to. In general:
- RTFM – Yes, I really do Read The Fine Manuals and pay attention to what I read.
- Pay attention to other Informix user…