Microsoft’s SQL Server is a really solid product, but it can be overkill for a lot of applications. Oracle picked up MySQL a while back. For many applications, that is a really viable alternative. Not only is MySQL a fully mature product with support available, it’s an option on most web hosting sites as well as major service providers. We use Amazon Web Services here. They offer MySQL support with lots of extra benefits such as replication across availability zones.
Having coded my app in SQL Server and then getting the direction to move it to MySQL, I was a little unsure how to go about it. Here’s what I learned from the process. Read more