Free Oracle 10g Express Edition
Oracle has released a free version of their database, called Oracle 10g Express Edition. Microsoft has been doing this for years with MSDE and now with SQL Server 2005 Express Edition.
There’s some discussion about how this will affect usage of MySQL. Based on my experience with both databases, MySQL has Oracle beat by a mile on small footprint and ease of use. Let’s just say we won’t be seeing masses of Perl and PHP programmers flocking to Oracle anytime soon. But this is a great start at marketing to new PHP and Java developers.
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