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Submission + - MySQL: a Point/Counterpoint (

Esther Schindler writes: Are you on the fence about MySQL versus other open-source databases? Sometimes it helps to have two tech-savvy experts take opposite sides of an issue to duke it out. (I like to think of these as, "Jane, you ignorant slut!" articles.) Then you can make your own decision about the right choice for your own circumstances.

So first: 5 Reasons It’s Time to Ditch MySQL: MySQL is still the most popular open-source database, but it has been losing fans over the years — for good reason. Rikki Endsley looks at five practical motivations to dump the MySQL database. One reason: "MySQL is not as mature as other relational database management systems."

Then the opposing view: 5 Reasons to Stick with MySQL: MySQL’s founder is encouraging people to steer away from his creation. Here’s why he’s wrong, says Andy Patrizio. For example: "There is more MySQL investment and innovation than ever before."

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MySQL: a Point/Counterpoint

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