LinuxPR: MySQL 5.0 Release Candidate is HereSep 27, 2005, 13:45 (4 Talkback[s])
A letter from Kaj Arnö, MySQL's VP of Community Relations, states:
MySQL 5.0 has new functionality that I hope will be welcomed, adopted, and put to productive use by the community of MySQL users--you. On the commercial side, MySQL AB is getting a lot of good vibes from new enterprise customers who are beginning to understand the impact MySQL can have on their IT infrastructure and costs of running mission-critical applications.
The betas of MySQL 5.0 have already been downloaded two million times, and have thus been tested extensively in a lot of different scenarios. From the feedback we get from our community, we know it is already in production use at numerous sites. Go get your own copy at http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/5.0.html
Without question, MySQL 5.0 is the most ambitious release to date for MySQL AB. Of course, everything we do at MySQL centers around our three priorities of Performance, Reliability, and Ease of Use. Version 5.0 of MySQL is certainly true to these company-wide imperatives.
Key new features of MySQL 5.0 come in three groups:
Views (both read-only and updatable views)
Implementing ANSI SQL standard ways of using existing MySQL features means there will be fewer unpleasant surprises ("gotchas") for those migrating to MySQL from other database systems:
Strict Mode: MySQL 5.0 adds a mode that complies with standard
SQL in a number of areas in which earlier versions did not; we now
do strict data type checking and issue errors for all invalid
dates, numbers and strings as expected
To find out more details on what's new in MySQL 5.0, follow the pointers from http://dev.mysql.com/doc/mysql/en/mysql-5-0-nutshell.html
We're pleased that we've reached a point of stability where it's been a while since we received a significant inflow of bugs that drastically impacted a large number of users. Of course, we recognize we haven't crossed the finish line yet, so we still very much need your involvement to ensure that MySQL 5.0 is the best that it possibly can be.
With MySQL 5.0 being that stable, I encourage you to do all of your new database development using MySQL 5.0:
Download 5.0 from
And, to provide a little extra motivation, we will be giving away Apple iPod nanos, and even full conference passes to our 2006 MySQL Users Conference, to those who deliver the most valuable feedback. Read more on http://dev.mysql.com/mysql_5_contest.html . Without your involvement and your excellent input, we at MySQL wouldn't be able to do our job: to produce high-quality database software for you to trust and use.
MySQL 5.0 is also reflected in our GUI tools and Connectors:
MySQL Administrator 1.1.3 and MySQL Query Browser 1.1.15 are aware of the new MySQL 5.0 features, can be used to write and test stored procedures, create views, include them in scheduled backups and much more.
The latest shipping versions of our Connectors work with MySQL 5.0, and all connectors (MySQL Connector/ODBC, Connector/J and Connector/NET) will support all flagship features before 5.0 goes GA.
I look forward to your input
in our MySQL Forums at http://forums.mysql.com/
Thank you -- we look forward to hearing back from you -- not just about bugs but any feedback on how MySQL can help support you.
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