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The design and maintenance of database systems is an ever evolving field. Here is some recommended reading for the current state of the art.

Architecture Links

High Scalability, Building bigger, faster, more reliable websites

Discussion of issues and techniques in scaling websites today, and case studies of how some of the biggest places on the web have done it.

mySQL DBA

Dathan is a database / scalability architect who has designed systems at places like Yahoo, Flickr, Friendster, and RockYou. The details are MySQL specific, but the concepts are applicable to all.

The Database Programmer

Good starting point for database and schema design

Joel on Software

General software development and software engineering blog

Database Links

SQL Server Central

Database articles and tutorials relating to SQL Server

SSWUG.org

Database articles and tutorials relating to SQL Server

MySQL Performance Blog

The place for discussion of MySQL performance optimization and issues

Planet MySQL

Aggregator of MySQL blogs and news from around the world

Oracle Blogs

Aggregator of Oracle blogs and news from around the world

Richard Foote's Oracle Blog

Oracle administration and tuning

Agile Data

Adapting database development techniques to an Agile environment