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    mysql == oracle?

    Hey.. got a question. What is oracle? Is it another program like mysql? IF so.. what are the dif's? better? faster? more reliable?

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    It is a database for large scale website that is much better, more reliable, more features than mysql, but it costs an arm and a leg. The new version is advertised as 3 times faster than major competitors. For more information, go to oracle.com

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    Hi,

    Never heard of Oracle? Hmmm....Do you know who the richest person in the world is? It isn't Bill Gates anymore. It is Larry Ellison the head of Oracle.

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    Actually the richest person in the world is now the Wal-Mart chairman Gates and Ellison are 2nd and 3rd.

    Anyway

    You can download Oracle 8i (latest version is 9i) here:
    http://otn.oracle.com/software/content.html

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    Be warned that Oracle is NOT for the faint hearted. It is the world's most powerful database package, but if you are running a small business / website Oracle is certinaly not the right tool for you. It's incredibly expensive (licenses cost in excess of 100,000 UK pounds) and very hardware intensive - it also requires in depth knowledge to run properly. Oracle DBAs (Database Analysists) are professionals who's soul job is to run / develop Oracle database driven applications, and they get paid a lot of money for their knowledge.

    Unless you are going to be running a database full of gigabytes of mission critical information that will be accessed several times a second, Oracle is probably not for you. mySQL, Sybase, postgresql are all free and much easier to use than Oracle - plus they are fine for most applications.

    Oracle is the kind of thing places like Amazon or major credit card companies use.


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