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MySQL vs SQL 2008 Express
Posted by: Kyle Kepley
Date: November 18, 2009 06:09PM

Is MySQL appropriate as an alternative to Microsofts Express version of SQL, which is geared towards serving as a data store for stand alone applications rather than acting as a traditional server?

The problem with SQL Express is that the installers keep getting more and more complex and error prone with each new release. The install for 2008 Express is now a complete nightmare, with large prerequisite installations like Windows Installer 4.5 and .net Framework 3.x being added on top of what is already the longest installation process known to man (that of SQL Express 2008 itself). The user experience for installing an application that includes SQL Express is horrible at this point, and a massive tech support burden. About 90% of my support volunme deals with installation issues resulting from SQL Express. It's just unacceptable at this point and I'm looking for alternatives.


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