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By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2004-01-12 Print this article Print

Separately, MySQL later this month will introduce new graphical database management and server administration tools at LinuxWorld in New York. The company will unveil at the show a partnership with Zend Technologies Ltd. that is aimed at the Hypertext Preprocessor space.

Experts say that sooner or later, major commercial database vendors will have to address users growing appetite for open-source database technology.

That point was driven home last week in a Database Development Survey by Evans Data Corp., in Santa Cruz, Calif. The survey, which measured the responses of nearly 550 developers, found that MySQL usage grew by 30 percent in 2003. In contrast, the survey showed that Microsoft Corp.s SQL Server and Access each grew by only 6 percent.

Tim Crider, a programmer for SubscriberBase, in Columbia, S.C., has used MySQL for eight years. Crider said most commercial databases cannot match the tight data format, replication and scaling capabilities that open source affords.

"Should something arise [with open source] you have a problem with, you can [correct] it yourself or hire a developer to do it," said Crider. "Thats not the same answer with Microsoft or Oracle [Corp.]. ... Youre just locked into whatever version youre using."

Brian Fonseca is a senior writer at eWEEK who covers database, data management and storage management software, as well as storage hardware. He works out of eWEEK's Woburn, Mass., office. Prior to joining eWEEK, Brian spent four years at InfoWorld as the publication's security reporter. He also covered services, and systems management. Before becoming an IT journalist, Brian worked as a beat reporter for The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., and cut his teeth in the news business as a sports and news producer for Channel 12-WPRI/Fox 64-WNAC in Providence, RI. Brian holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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