I am a database fan and MySQL has proven itself to me for sure. I originally came to MySQL from Microsoft Access & SQL Server systems which cost a lot of money, well, on my budget. Besides, PHP and MySQL together do just fine together on a Linux server.

New features of MySQL 5 are:

  • Triggers
  • Cursors
  • Stored Procedures
  • Views
  • Transactions

All these features were literally the missing pieces for MySQL to be a legit open source contender for Microsoft SQL Server.