Databases - WAS Re: acronym LAMP
derek at pointerstop.ca
Mon Jun 22 01:27:44 UTC 2009
Karl F. Larsen wrote:
> The MySQL database is used a lot on Web Pages you buy things from. It
> is the Data Base (DB) of choice for that purpose. You can get MySQL from
> the Ubuntu repositories.
> Oracle is a big SQL DB which is very expensive and used by Banks and
> big business.
Fairly accurate - except that I question Oracle as being used by "Banks"
which have a horrible tendency to be monolithic IBM shops (thus, DB2 if they
want a relational database, otherwise IMS).
But you missed commenting on Postgres, which is, indeed, a viable
replacement for Oracle for many users. It probably can't handle the load
that a big Oracle database can, but it can do pretty well everything Oracle
can - making it easier to switch databases between the two than between
either and MySQL. All accounts suggest that as a web back-end, nothing
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