Glad tidings of open

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-12-19 Print this article Print

source"> The Best: MySQL, The Mouse That Roared. MySQL AB had an astoundingly good year—and when youre talking about a database thats open source, a good year for MySQL is a good year for us all. The highlights of the year include the companys having partnered with SAP to take over that companys open-source database, now named MaxDB. This is MySQLs answer to customers requests for an enterprise-level database, and its a welcome one. Other good news for MySQL and its fans came this week when Reasoning Inc., a software inspection service provider, released a study of MySQL code that found a measly 21 errors in 236,000 lines of code. Compare that to proprietary databases, which contain 0.57 code errors per thousand lines of code, and its obvious that the open-source paradigm blows away that of closed, proprietary code. Its the end of the year and were all getting woozy on eggnog and company bowling parties, so lets indulge ourselves and state the obvious: It just makes sense that when you have thousands of minds which you regularly unleash on a code set, that code set is going to come out spanking clean. Hurray for MySQL, hurray for the open-source community, and hurray for the DBAs whove convinced government bodies and commercial enterprises to go the open-source route.
Thats my list. I could have mentioned Veritas acquisition of Precise, which is an interesting shifting of gears from storage management into software management. Neither did I mention the welcome slew of heterogeneous support that came out from tool vendors such as BMC, Quest and Computer Associates.
Finally, theres one huge omission in this list: Oracles pursuit of PeopleSoft, a saga thats clogged our brains, our newspapers and our industry sites for months that have seemed like years. How could I not mention this epic war between software behemoths? Easily. Consider the omission my holiday gift to you, and check out our Special Report on Oracle vs. PeopleSoft if youre a glutton for punishment. Have a wonderful, safe holiday, and let me know what you would have included on this list by mailing me at Database Center Editor Lisa Vaas has written about enterprise applications since 1997. Discuss This in the eWEEK Forum

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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