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No brown M&Ms: On foreign keys, isolation levels, and Van Hale

Cockroach Labs Chief Architect & Co-Founder Ben Darnell

What does the iconic rock band Van Halen and their bizarre embargo against brown M&Ms have to do with foreign keys and transaction isolation levels? And what could this possibly teach you about database trust? In this talk, Cockroach Labs Co-Founder and Chief Architect Ben Darnell explores how features like foreign key constraints — which may not seem very important by themselves — serve as indicators of how well a database performs on critically important tasks.