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MySQL - nuggets

I had great pleasure in listening to David Axmark and Monty Widenius talking about MySQL this morning. When I take up a new subject, I always feel a little apprehensive - am I presenting it as its authors intended? Who are the authors anyway - are they nice, sensible guys? Great news - Monty and David pass with flying colours on both counts and I'm even more of a protagonist for MySQL now that I was six hours ago. Full posts in the solution centre (see under MySQL) ... here are some nuggets ...

* It takes 3 days to test each new release of MySQL as all the releases are test-installed on a build farm to ensure it's RIGHT.

* "Inspection study shows code quality of MySQL is 6 times better than that of comparable proprietary code". This means that (for example) a recent decision as to whether to go for another Gamma release of 4.1 or to go production was obvious - it stayed Gamma.

* It's called MySQL after Monty Widenius's daughter My, who doesn't like the picture Monty uses of her during presentations.

* The "LIMIT 10,10" syntax extension was proposed by Rasmus Lerdorf, the guy who originated PHP.

(written 2004-10-11, updated 2008-05-10)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
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  [2786] Factory methods and SqLite in use in a Python teaching example - (2010-05-29)
  [2567] Extra MySQL course dates (2 day course, UK) - (2010-01-08)
  [2561] The future of MySQL - (2010-01-03)
  [2134] Oracle take over Sun who had taken over MySQL - (2009-04-21)
  [924] The LAMP Cookbook - Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP / Perl - (2006-11-13)
  [918] Databases needn't be frightening, hard or expensive - (2006-11-08)
  [691] Testing you Perl / PHP / MySQL / Tcl knowledge - (2006-04-19)
  [591] Key facts - SQL and MySQL - (2006-02-04)
  [515] MySQL - an FAQ - (2005-12-03)
  [444] Database or Progamming - which to learn first? - (2005-09-13)
  [382] Central London Courses - Perl, PHP, Python, Tcl, MySQL - (2005-07-18)
  [175] Worthwhile - (2005-01-11)
  [85] Present and future MySQL - (2004-10-12)


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