> Martijn, thank you very much for your analysis.
>I hope others will continue to join in.
So do I :-)
> With regard to your point quoted below, are you referring to PostgreSQL,
and would that be a
> stronger competitor to MS SQL Server 2000 than either the current version
of MySQL or
> MySQL 5?
I have no experience with PostgreSQL - although, from what I've heard and
it's quite capable - but not easy to get going on Windows.
One other open source RDBMS would be Firebird - see www.firebirdsql.org
Especially the newer release (1.5). Don't get fooled by that version
it's a fork of the Borland InterBase code, which has been around for about
I'm looking forward to MySQL5 to see what's new and how it's implemented.
As for what engine would be the best for you - it all depends on what you're
going to do. For example, I frequently use triggers and check constraints in
my database applications, with MySQL, I can't do this.
Database Workbench - developer tool for InterBase, Firebird & MS SQL Server.