Baron Schwartz, a.k.a. Xaprb

Hi! I hope you are finding this blog helpful and enjoyable.

A few words about me. I am Baron Schwartz, cofounder of VividCortex and the lead author of High Performance MySQL, among other things. My online nickname Xaprb is my first name typed in QWERTY on a Dvorak keyboard layout.

In addition to my writing, I’ve created quite a bit of open-source software. I speak frequently at industry events, conferences focused on databases, open-source and DevOps, and inside major corporations such as Google. Please contact me if you would like me to address your organization.

You can contact me like this: SELECT REVERSE( 'moc.brpax@norab'); Please do not ask me about advertising or guest posting on this blog, and please don’t send me solicitations for service provider offerings, outsourcing, etc. I will mark your email as spam.

I also invite you to connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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I'm Baron Schwartz, the founder and CEO of VividCortex. I am the author of High Performance MySQL and many open-source tools for performance analysis, monitoring, and system administration. I contribute to various database communities such as Oracle, PostgreSQL, Redis and MongoDB.