MySQL shake-up could be a blessing

I’d argue that Sun needs to tighten the reins on MySQL development, not let them go. Going forward, MySQL will need to work hard if it wants to stay in front of the low-end database business. It’s no longer the reigning speed king; if fast, SQL-based storage is all you care about, SQLite is a better alternative. And competing open source databases like PostgreSQL and Firebird offer better feature sets for exactly the same price as MySQL.

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Take an Open Source Database Survey

Do you know which open source feature is the most important? Do you know which open source database rocks and which one sucks? Is MySQL better than Postgres? Is Ingres worth considering? How does Firebird compare? Have you used, or have you considered using, an open source database?

Take a survey. It’s only 15 questions so it takes just a few minutes.

I’ll post a link where you can get the results once they have been compiled and prepared.

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Playing with Django and Firebird

I’ve been messing around with Django for a while now and having fun. It reminded me of why and how I got started in this field.

[ED:There is an nice firebird mention ]

Using Apache, Webware and Firebird as the database I set out to build something.

Firebird? Yes anything to avoid the MySQL bandwagon. I couldn’t say for sure now, but at the time Firebird was far superior to MySQL. The Firebird team didn’t think that ACID properties, foreign key constraints, stored procedures etc. were just some esoteric optional extras for something with pretensions to being an RDBMS.

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