Databasen - Revisited

Peter Corlett abuse at
Thu Oct 19 11:12:46 BST 2006

On Thu, Oct 19, 2006 at 01:25:52AM +0100, Paul Makepeace wrote:
> You guys are out of date, MySQL is a pretty decent db now.

I believe that's what they said about MySQL 4.0 too. And Windows ME was so
much better than 98...

You still can't have referential integrity and FULLTEXT indexes on the same
table, for example, and nobody ever turns the safety checks on because it
breaks the bazillion lines of legacy SQL written by the aforementioned crack

MySQL is a tainted brand, plain and simple. I'll deal with it in exchange
for a large wad of cash, but not otherwise.

While we're on about terrible not-quite-open source products, Movable Type
is a right crock too. And it also has some rather quaint ideas as to what a
database is. It doesn't mark primary keys with SERIAL, for example. I assume
that they manually insert NEXTVAL('mt_blah_id'), and probably in a way prone
to race conditions and ignoring errors if the few bits of an existing
installation I've had to debug is any guide.

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