In this ZDNet Australia article about MySQL, it says:

Much of the very busy Yahoo! Finance portal uses MySQL as a back-end database.

I find that statement quite remarkable because it's simply not true.

Yes, Yahoo! Finance uses MySQL as a back-end database. But much of goes a bit far. Most of the Y! Finance data is served from memory, not from MySQL. Yes, there are parts that use MySQL quite a bit, but they're not in the majority.

Posted by jzawodn at March 21, 2003 07:24 PM

Reader Comments
# searcher said:

Sure, zdnet is a large publisher of .... articles.
But who really pays attention to any of the dredge that they publish?

I decided around 1-2 years ago, that if ever a I hovered over a link that pointed to a zdnet address, it would not be clicked upon. There is too much hype and (IHMO) bad journalism coming from there.

on March 21, 2003 07:46 PM
# Techno said:

What?? So you're saying that Dave Filo wasn't Bigfoot's Baby!?

That's it, I'm never reading ZDNet again.

on March 21, 2003 08:37 PM
# Indrek Siitan said:

I think all those statements about Yahoo! being heavily based on MySQL are in a great deal related to you, Jeremy. :-)

on March 22, 2003 04:06 AM
# Dan Isaacs said:

I think you are wrong, Z. They didn't say "most of". They said "much of". While the impression they give may lead people to believe "most of", the text itself does not correspond to any minimum numerical representation. You can't quantify how much "much of" is. Therefore you cannot say it goes too far.

"Yes, there are parts that use MySQL quite a bit,"

That seems to say pretty much the same thing as:

"Much of the very busy Yahoo! Finance portal uses MySQL as a back-end database."
I think you have a case that they should have used a better phrase. But not that this one was untrue.

on March 22, 2003 06:01 AM
# Gerald said:

Jeremy, could you explain the meaning of "from memory" a little bit.

on March 22, 2003 08:27 AM
# Matt said:

A little bird told me they had problems with the whole memory thing until they upgraded to elephants. The penguins just didn't fly. Of course there are the rumors about them selling their soul to the devil, but I think they found religion.

on March 22, 2003 07:18 PM
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