SQL (Structured Query Language) Standards and MySQL Advantages
The rising popularity of dynamic websites can be linked to the possibility of content management through databases. Database management, a compound process, has been drastically rationalized by the SQL programming language. As its full name, Structured Query Language, indicates, SQL is in charge of querying and editing data saved in a particular database management system.
Sine its beginnings in the 1970s, the SQL standard has evolved so much, with an expanded functionality that now covers recursive queries, expression matching, triggers, standardized sequences, XML support, and more. Many SQL Standard-based solutions, such as MySQL and PostgreSQL, do not implement the standard entirely simply because of its volume. In most cases, database behavior for file storage or indexes is not well-defined, so the task of determining how the database vendors should behave, rests on the SQL implementation vendors. So despite SQL implementations having the same base, compatibility among them is rare.
Benefits of MySQL
Ease of Application
One of the most appreciated benefits of MySQL is its ease of installation, thanks to a whole array of third-party tools that may be added to the database. On top of that, the database is easy to manipulate itself.
Starting as an open-source platform, MySQL now has a large and thriving community of developers and aficionados who are always happy to assist. With the solution being incredibly popular, so many experts are out there gladly offering a hand to new users.
When Oracle purchased Sun Microsystems and MySQL by association, there was a bit of a stir in the development community. It was feared that the tool would soon be a closed proprietary ecosystem of Oracle. Fortunately, while Oracle has applied a bit of its grip on MySQL, the language can still be considered open-source, considering that the code is still available for free on the web.
Depending on your planned use, a MySQL implementation can cost you anywhere from free to $10,000, sometimes more. Still, in any case, it remains a lot cheaper when compared to other options available in the market.
A Popular Industry Standard
Even though MySQL’s popularity has somehow decreased in recent years, it is still one of the most used database systems in various parts of the world. It’s compatible with practically all operating systems and is considered an industry standard. This offers flexibility that no other solution can provide.
Designed for the Internet
Though most relational databases were made decades ago for complicated ERP-type applications, MySQL was made and optimized for web applications. As new requirements emerged, MySQL became the choice platform for web developers and the default database for the applications they made. Since then, MySQL has relentlessly improved over the years.