How FriendFeed uses MySQL to store schema-less data – Bret Taylor’s blog

Several projects I have been woreking on have moved away from standard relational models to a more fluid, attribute-based, approach.

One of my biggest worries in all thee cases is scalability and efficiency. It would be tough to find out that a working installation becomes unusable as data sizes and/or loads grow.

Bret Taylor has some really interesting suggestions on how to address this sort of issue using MySQL as a “schema-less” database.

How FriendFeed uses MySQL to store schema-less data – Bret Taylor’s blog.