Itís been a long time coming but the wait is nearly over (and well worth it). If you havenít been following MySQL 5.0 development very closely, the MySQL 5.0 Release Candidate has the following major new features:
- Views (both read-only and updatable views)
- Stored Procedures and Stored Functions
- Server-side cursors (read-only, non-scrolling)
- Precision math
- Larger VARCHARS (up to 64kb)
- ARCHIVE storage engine
- FEDERATED storage engine
I could write a lot more about several of those and may do so at some point. If you've been waiting for any of those features, give 5.0 a try. They're looking to get all of those last minute bugs squashed ASAP.
More details available in MySQL 5.0 in a Nutshell. Give it a try!
Oh, and speaking of open source... Check out Open Source Goes Corporate in this week's InformationWeek. I had a chance to talk with Larry a few weeks about how much MySQL, Apache, FreeBSD, PHP, Linux, and other Open Source software we use at Yahoo!
Posted by jzawodn at September 27, 2005 07:52 AM