By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-01-11 Print this article Print

Support. MySQL has a much vaster community to lend support than does PostgreSQL. But whats more important, a huge number of people to turn to for answers or a concise list of responsive and knowledgeable community members? While some have charged the PostgreSQL community as being unfriendly, most PostgreSQL users point to fast, expert help thats gotten them out of a pinch on more than one occasion. "I keep in touch with the discussions taking place at the mailing list pgsql-general to know the issues faced by the others and how others are helping them," Siva Kumar told me. "I remember one instance when a production-critical issue was sorted out by the community in a matter of hours."
And after all, when push comes to shove, thats what matters: that there are community members, be they one or 1,000, who have the answers and the time to help you out.
Next page: A few words on stability, ease of use, existing skills and licensing.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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