Foreign keys / Transactions in MySQL.. WTF?
abw at wardley.org
Wed Aug 1 07:30:15 BST 2007
Dave Hodgkinson wrote:
>> How did MySQL get so popular when it still seems to be missing key
>> features? Ah, I shouldn't ask that, it's just gonna be trolling :)
> See also PHP.
See also Perl.
As far as I'm concerned, MySQL still totally rocks[*]. It's a suitably good
database, even if it's not a particularly good *relational* database. I've
built numerous systems using it, and I haven't had to pay a penny for the
privilege. So I reckon I've done pretty well out of MySQL (and PostgreSQL
too, which undoubtedly scores better at the 'relational' bit, if less on the
I like PHP for the same reasons, even though I totally hate it as a language.
It's running a couple of bulletin boards for me that I didn't have to
write myself. Sure, it's probably also opened up a bunch of security holes
large enough to fly light aircraft through, but at least didn't have to write
those holes (or pilot the aircraft) myself :-)
As the saying goes: Don't look a gift camel in the mouth and then complain
about it having bad breath.
[*] Hmm... maybe that's a bit strong: stones, pebbles, or small rocks no
larger than a clenched fist.
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