Is anyone switching from MySQL?

Samuel Thurston, III sam.thurston at
Fri May 1 14:58:21 BST 2009

Hi Scott,

On Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 8:12 PM, Scott <sclewin at> wrote:
>    With the uncertain future of MySQL due to Oracle's purchase I am
> thinking about using PostgreSQL instead of MySQL for my PHP
> applications.  I am still fairly new to database programming so I was
> thinking about changing now should be easier than waiting to see what
> happens.  I was just wondering if anyone else was thinking anything
> similar and if anyone haves any words of wisdom or suggestions.

I seriously recommend looking into ADODB for php.  It not only greatly simplifies the
process of writing database code, but it also makes your app more or
less database agnostic.  If more people used an abstraction layer,
potential sea-changes wouldn't be such a big deal.  The other nice
thing is that it leaves the option of what database backend to use to
the end-user, and aren't we all about free choice around here?

>    If possible, I don't want to start a flame war.  Personally, I have no
> special connection or love for MySQL and have only briefly looked at
> PostgrSQL.

It's kind of funny, I think most people who haven't invested heavily
in MySQL training agree that Postgres is more full-featured.
(cascading deletes and updates! WOW!)  99% of applications don't
really bottleneck on database performance anyway. But I think that
MySQL is still used by a lot of folks out of sheer convenience... it's
what i learned first, it's what I know, etc.This is just my anecdotal
experience though, no facts to back it up.

Samuel Thurston

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