Although MySQL still remains one of the most popular relational database management systems in the world, it’s recently been losing supporters. Some hold that it’s actually on the way out, and that we’ll see it replaced by a better alternative in a matter of years. We’re witnessing the slow death of the system, they claim; particularly since we’ve seen organizations such as Google ditch the database solution in favor of MariaDB.
Such claims ignore the clear advantages MySQL can offer an organization – even in light of its drawbacks. Although the database solution certainly isn’t made for every situation (few are), it’s nevertheless considerably powerful in the right hands. Today, I’d like to take a look at some of its strengths – and shortcomings.