Linked by snydeq on Thu 21st May 2009 22:55 UTC
Databases Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister questions the effect recent developments in the MySQL community will have on MySQL's future in the wake of Oracle's acquisition of Sun. Even before Oracle announced its buyout, there were signs of strain within the MySQL community, with key MySQL employees exiting and forks of the MySQL codebase arising, including Widenius' MariaDB.
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RE: Comment by snorkel2
by werpu on Fri 22nd May 2009 16:38 UTC in reply to "Comment by snorkel2"
werpu
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They choose MySQl over PostgreSQL, because they think that MySQL is faster, and a few years ago they would have been correct, but now not so much....
PostgreSQL is so much better than MySQL it's not even funny. If enterprise level support is needed there is EnterpriseDB which also offers a Oracle compatible version.

It has mostly historical reasons. Postgres for a long time did not have a decent windows port and almost no client tools. MySQL howevery while it lacked the quality of postgres had both and was strongly tied to PHP. Add to that that there is almost a generation of developers having grown up with both php and MySQL and you can see now why! I personally hate mysql, it always feels shoddy compared to the rest and the shennanigans the developers pulled in the past dont give me confidence into it at all while all postgres installations I have seen are happily chugging along and the mailinglists are helpful and no stupid things have been done by their devs in the past!
I guess using a DB is often also a big matter of personal or company preferences over anything else!

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