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O'Reilly Network: YourSQL Database Might Just Be MySQL

Jun 17, 2000, 22:12 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Paul Ashenfelter)

"The fundamental reason that an estimated half million servers around the world run MySQL is that it provides an incredible amount of database power at a cost that is zero in most cases, and a few hundred dollars in others. But another strong reason that MySQL is chosen to power web-based database applications is PHP. As Jason Gilmore discusses in the companion article, PHP is a powerful web scripting language that has strong ties to the MySQL database. Both tools are powerful in their own right, but together they can compete with any web-database tool on the market."

"Speed always demands a performance price in most computer applications, and MySQL is no exception. Two of the most fundamental high-end database features missing from MySQL are transactions and stored procedures (including triggers). Both of these features, particularly transactions, require an amount of database server overhead that can noticeably impact performance. In the interests of speed and robustness, these features have been omitted. It's worth noting that some high-end database features other than transactions and stored procedures are also missing; for instance, Oracle's ability to calculate dates in Roman numerals."

"MySQL is a solid, low-cost, high-performance platform for both building and deploying web database applications. It scales to fairly large and busy sites with ease and is suitable for a number of web application development tools. It's not the right platform for a transaction-intensive financial system, nor is it the right system if you deal with terabytes of data. It may also not be the right system if you've got a few Oracle DBAs already on staff. But for projects ranging from personal hacking to dynamic news sites and search engines, it can provide all the power you need at the right price."

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