MySQL 4.1

J. Paul Reed preed at
Thu Jan 23 20:26:28 UTC 2003

On Fri, 24 Jan 2003, Bradley Baetz wrote:

> We should get dkl's pachs in, and then move bmo over at some point in
> the short term.

I agree, but I will give MySQL one thing: changing the database while it's
"in play" (adding/deleting columns, etc.) is *really* easy in MySQL,
compared to PgSQL.

In fact, it's a downright pain in the ass with PgSQL; minor version number
upgrades (7.1 -> 7.2) require full dumps/restores of the database, and any
complex table changes require... badness. This is probably because either
a) the Postgres documentation is so bad, I'm doing something wrong, or b)
they use triggers and other "real DB fu", so it's more difficult than in

On Thu, 23 Jan 2003, Gervase Markham wrote:

> I love this quote:
> Noted Michael "Monty" Widenius, MySQL CTO and co-founder, "Any software
> we release, regardless of version or stage, is free of all known bugs."

Ahh... this is why I love the MySQL people... they fundamentally don't
"get it." Releasing a DB with sketchy, tacked on support for
commit/rollback does not make it ACID. And quotations like this do not
provide any sense of security that they know what they're doing.

Microsoft marketing says the same sorts of things... (note it's not really
false, just... meaningless).

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