MySQL is a RDBMS
. It's fast
. Really fast. However, speed is no substitute for quality
: MySQL lacks transactions
and some other critical features that, say, Oracle
does have. In other words, MySQL is, as of yet, unreliable and limited.
For a rant, see this document:
http://openacs.org/why-not-mysql.html (also a lot of contrary points, too - don't take my word for these =)
Personally, I chose PostgreSQL because MySQL came with a nasty license and PostgreSQL is under BSD license. (As pointed out, MySQL is under GPL now...) I didn't knew about MySQL's other faults at that time. Now I know better.
Updatish: Other reasons:
- Yeah, Postgres' feature set is cooler. Transactions are nice.
- PostgreSQL handles complex queries better than MySQL.
- What the heck is
auto_increment? In PostgreSQL we do it with
name SERIAL that automagically creates a sequence. Oh, right... let me guess, MySQL has no such features?
- ...uh, yeah, MySQL was built by those Swedes, dammit. <rivalry type="neighboring countries">My support goes anywhere else but there.</rivalry> =) (I wish Solid's databases would be open-source so I could use a Finnish database... Okay, enough of this silliness.)