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Advantages and disvantages of MySQL

Posted by amoomi (amoomi), 14 April 2004
Hello i am new here,
could someone past me a list of advantages and disadnavtahes of Mysql, and if anyones knows any sites which tells the differences between different types of databases.
plz e-mail me on or reply here
thank you

Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 15 April 2004
MySQL is characterised as a fast, robust database with a good feature set, but one which lacks all the extras of something like Oracle ... so if you're writing code that's designed to be portable it's a pretty good choice.  Admin / security are effective but the setup of these and othe features isn't over-complicated. All in all, a pretty good choice for many "middle of the road" requirements.

As part of a course, a year or two back I wrote:

MySQL is characterised as a free, fast, reliable open source relational database. It does lack some sophistication and facilities, but it has an active development team and, as it goes from release to release, more capabilities are added. At certain times there will be a trade-off between speed and capabilities, and the MySQL team intend to keep their database engine fast and reliable. By comparison:

PostgreSQL is another open source relational database management system. It conforms to the SQL standards much better than MySQL and runs on a wide variety of platforms, but the extra feature set slows and complicates its use.

Oracle is the leading commercial RDMS; it's highly flexible, runs on many platforms and has a full and sophisticated feature set. Because of its highly tunable nature, an Oracle database administrator needs to be well and heavily trained.

Microsoft SQL Server runs only on Windows platforms, which excludes its use in applications where there is a need to run on Linux or Unix, or potentially such a need in the future

As a quick reference to the differences in the SQL languages as used between different database engines, have a look at the Kline's book - there's a description at

P.S. I'm posting this answer rather than emailing you - the answer may be of interest to others who pass by here in the future, so let's share it  

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