Comparison chart of free databases: MySQL 5, SQL Server 2005 Express, and Oracle 10g Express

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Executive Summary

If you're trying to choose between the recently released MySQL 5.0, SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, and the beta version of Oracle 10g Express Edition, this quick side-by-side comparison will help you sort out the features.

Last fall brought a bumper crop of free database solutions, with the release of MySQL 5.0, SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, and the beta version of Oracle 10g Express Edition. The Microsoft and Oracle offerings are geared more toward started implementations and learning environments, but MySQL has added some highly requested features: stored procedures, views, and triggers.

This chart offers an overview of the how the products stack up on such features as:

  • Maximum database size
  • 64-bit support
  • GUI management tools
  • Support for views, triggers, stored procedures, and replication
  • Automated scheduling
  • Reporting service
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