Sebastopol, CA�MySQL has held steady as one of the great open source success stories, and there is no indication that this will change in the foreseeable future, in spite of its recent acquisition. "Although MySQL AB has recently been purchased by Sun Microsystems, the software and the organization has remained intact" reports author Russell J. T. Dyer. "The software will only get better now that the company has the money to expand its software engineering department. More importantly, the software will be broadly adopted by larger companies now that it has the backing of a multi-billion dollar company like Sun. Sun can assure large companies, institutions, and governments that MySQL is here to stay and that it’s fully supported"
MySQL aficionados confirm that this is indeed the case, making the new second edition of Dyer’s book, MySQL in a Nutshell (O’Reilly, US $34.99) even more timely. "There have been several changes to MySQL since the first edition: in particular the stabilization of version 5.1 of MySQL" says Dyer. "I wanted to expand the book to include the changes and improvements to MySQL. This new edition includes the many new features such as stored procedures, stored functions, triggers, and views