I’ve been noticing this pattern that there’s always one production database server. It’s always a special box. The details change but it’s mostly like this at every shop. In addition, certain ideas persist and work on many different tiers or layers but then stop or die on the database.
I list out some ideas that die and talk about each one. It’s a huge subject that can probably be picked apart but I like the overall theme of the exception, the special case.