>> MySQL is very different in from Oracle-type databases in the
way it is
>> marketed, supported, and licenced. It is more affordable, and
>> better supported, as all of us know very well. Unfortunately,
>> many executives and developers that still do not trust MySQL,
>> some missing features, the need for workarounds, etc. To
>> prejudice while helping Monty and the bunch improve MySQL I
>> a contest - Oracle vs MySQL.
>I think it certainly is a question about prejudice, as you
>expected your message to generate a lot of replies. Instead
>seems to react. I just wonder what the reason might be? Are the
>developers of MySQL affraid that their db-engine wouldn't cope
>against the Oracle in performance-tests or are they affraid of
>aggravating the big db-giant into offensive action? One thing
>sure; a lot of people rule out MySQL in the very beginning
>developing largescale, performance critical and stable systems
>because there is not enough reliable comparative data
>Oracle rides on its history and reputation as a fast and
>database when MySQL does not have the same kind of credibility,
>at least not at the broader scale.
>It should be in every MySQL-enthusiast's interest to clarify
>differences between MySQL and heavy and expensive databases
>like Oracle. Even if MySQL would loose some parts of the
>competition, it still is quite much more affordable than Oracle
>alike. If you could just get out a message of assurance, that
>is in fact a very competitive, stable and fast solution, even
>comparing to it's heavy-weight rivals, I defenitely think
>consider it more carefully when making decisions about
>in large projects.
>To sum it up, it would be quite a good idea to set up a
>somekind, as you suggested. Another thing that would be
>is some kind of collection of statements from people, that have
>MySQL-successfully in large-scale performance-critical systems;
>preferably by people from well-known and recognized
>worldwide. These kinds of actions would earn MySQL the
>and respect in the worldwide IT-industry that it deserves.
The competition is maybe a good idea but a lot of database
people will say ... no transaction support / subqueries / views
you can't get serious about mysql ....
that will be another big discussion I think ...
With such a competition you won't say anything about the
stability but only about performance.
Maybe we first have to decide if you can at this moment compare
mysql with oracle. Maybe the database engine is faster and more
stabel as the one from oracle. But that isn't the only thing
oracle is delivering. They deliver also some GUI around it, the
name, the company etc etc .... and what you can't forget it's
easier to find an new employee who knows oracle as one who knows
mysql (by thinking of the companies perspective) and I think a
lot of people will select the database more on the latest part
as of the database engine.
But if we would like to start an contest why aren't we trying to
do a tcp d benchmark first to see how mysql is doing.