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Best Relational Database Management System?

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Relational database management systems (RDMS) such as SQL Server, MySQL, Postgre SQL, and Oracle (just to name a few) have allowed web developers to create highly interactive and robust web applications that can save data.

Navicat and Six Revisions would like to know what you think the best relational database management system is, and to make things more fun, Navicat has decided to offer up over $1,000 dollars worth of prizes to randomly selected participants. This giveaway is to celebrate of Navicat’s newly released enterprise-level Navicat Premium line of database management tools that is an all-in-one admin tool for MySQL, Postgre SQL, and Oracle.

Simply vote for what you think the best relational database management system in the comments is using the format:

Vote: name of best relational database management system

The giveaway ends on November 30, 2009 after which the comments section on this post will be closed. We’ll use your email address to contact you if you win. The winners will be randomly selected and announced on a separate post. Please note that comments that don’t follow the instructions on how to participate (described above) may not be published.

This was published on Nov 23, 2009

291 Comments

Sakesun Nov 23 2009

Vote: Oracle

Rayhan Chowdhury Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vote: mysql

Mihai Lazar Nov 23 2009

Vote: SQL Server

Simukis Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vote: MySQL

Vote: MySQL

Vote: MySQL

Daniel Silveira Nov 23 2009

Vote: SQL Server

Praveen Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

dizzl Nov 23 2009

vote: SQLite

lossendae Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Dylan Parry Nov 23 2009

Vote: MS SQL Server

Depends really on the platform though. I’d go with MS every time if on Windows and using ASP/.Net, but for PHP I’d say Postgre SQL is a good choice. MySQL, though prevalent, is lacking in features. And finally Oracle, whilst feature-rich, is overly complicated and far too expensive.

Nasim Nov 23 2009

Vote: PostgreSQL

Nick Plekhanov Nov 23 2009

Vote: Oracle

Dries Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Shaun Nov 23 2009

Vote: PostgreSQL

Mark O'Grady Nov 23 2009

Vote: SQL Server 2008

Khürt Williams Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Michel Monen Nov 23 2009

MySQL

Mhaddy Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Gafitescu Daniel Nov 23 2009

Vote: Oracle

Vote: mySql

Amr ElGarhy Nov 23 2009

I think Oracle is the best and all others are very near from each other.

Richard Tector Nov 23 2009

Vote: PostgreSQL

Jon Acedo Nov 23 2009

vote: MySQL

Bruno Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

webbografico Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

ps: i’m on OSX

Dnyanesh Mankar Nov 23 2009

Vote: Oracle

webmasterdubai Nov 23 2009

i really love navicat with mysql and im using it from last 3 years please select me for this giveaway

Paolo Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vote: Oracle

Peter Nov 23 2009

VOTE: PostgreSQL

Vote: MySQL

Sebastian Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Sandra N. Nov 23 2009

MySQL

copy112 Nov 23 2009

Vote: mySQL

Mike A Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

HerrH Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

But: it really depends on the project :) Sometimes it’s just better to use PostgreSQL i.e. if you have huge datasets like ip-ranges or firewall rules.

WPCONCEPT Nov 23 2009

vote: MySQL

Luca B. Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

dolce Nov 23 2009

vote:mysql

karmaredux Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Devwi Nov 23 2009

Vote: PostgreSQL

Vote: MySQL

Vote: MySQL

Vote: SQL Server

Anthony Nov 23 2009

Vote: SQL Server

Vote: MySQL

Benjamin M. Strozykowski Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Katharine Nov 23 2009

Vote: PostgreSql

Vinod Kumar Nov 23 2009

Vote: SQL Server

Rafael Barbosa Nov 23 2009

Oracle DB 11

Vote: MySQL

Rafael Barbosa Nov 23 2009

Vote: Oracle DB 11

Vote: Microsoft SQL Server

Richard Fleming Nov 23 2009

Vote: Oracle

mdomba Nov 23 2009

Vote: PostgreSQL

Andrew Johnson Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Siwongo Nov 23 2009

Vote: Oracle

Steve Robillard Nov 23 2009

Vote: mysql

Having said thayt it depends on the application, platform, requirements, user base and many more criteria.

Reiza Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Arabinda Nov 23 2009

MS SQL Server

Ritwik Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Dan Danciu Nov 23 2009

Vote: PostgreSQL

Juggles Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vote: MySQL

Skofo Nov 23 2009

Vote: Drizzle

The Other Don Nov 23 2009

Vote: MS SQL Server 2008

Freedog96150 Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Russbuelt Nov 23 2009

Vote: Oracle

Chris Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

knico Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

rizza Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Smuliii Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Kevin Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Joe Payton Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

teebee Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

I’m MySQL, never used anything else

Vote: MySQL

Shachiel Nov 23 2009

Vote: PostgreSQL

Keep it up for Open Source!

Vote: MySQL

Abraham Estrada Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Alexis Nov 23 2009

Vote: MS SQL Server

Shaun Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Pete Lawrence Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vote: PostgreSQL

Marshal Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Sebas Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySql

Michael Szczepanski Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vote: MySQL

SpinX Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vote: MySQL

Matthew Heidenreich Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Ionut Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vote: PostgreSQL

Myles Braithwaite Nov 23 2009

Vote: PostgreSQL

Brian Jackson Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vote: MySQL

Vanco Nov 23 2009

Vote: DB2

Masaood Nov 23 2009

Vote: Oracle

Allan Mullan Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Oracle

Handrus Nov 23 2009

PostgreSQL

Charlie Key Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Shiaw Uen Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Marco Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vote: MySQL

Erik mit k Nov 23 2009

Vote: Oracle

Indra Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Raithlin Nov 23 2009

Vote: PostgreSQL

Vote: MySQL

Vote: MySQL

Vote: MySQL

Abel Pita Nov 23 2009

Vote: SQL Server

Glenn Nov 23 2009

Vote: SQL Server

James Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Dennis Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Eric Cope Nov 23 2009

I use MySQL, but would love Oracle.

Eric Cope Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Will Jones Nov 23 2009

Vote: MYSQL

The best things in life are free!!!

As with any “best of” question, the answer is determined by the task being performed. For low cost and usability it is hard to beat MySQL. For mission critical enterprise applications such as CRM, HR, or financial applications, Oracle is a very strong contender. ECommerce and collaborative applications that need to work with the Microsoft Office suite of tools fare best with MS SQL. Postgress SQL is a great database engine as well.

Personally, I know MS SQL Server better than any of the others and make my living as a DBA supporting that product. So, for providing my livelihood alone I vote for MS SQL Server. (Although, every web site that I manage and most of my private development projects are on MySQL.)

Allen Nov 23 2009

Vote: PostgreSQL

Ronny Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vote: PostgreSQL

Vote: MySQL

Deivid Colkevicius Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Travis Spencer Nov 23 2009

Vote: MS SQL

Brandon Nov 23 2009

Vote: SQL Server

MariusRugan Nov 23 2009

MySQL

Doug Stewart Nov 23 2009

Vote: PostgreSQL.

Hands-down.

Troy Peterson Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vote: MySQL

NiGHTkid83 Nov 23 2009

vote: MySQL

HerbHeart Nov 23 2009

vote PostgreSQL

HerbHeart Nov 23 2009

Vote: PostgreSQL

Vote: MySQL

Paul C Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL
… though it depends on your needs. I haven’t used Oracle but I heard it can do lots of things better than MySQL (if MySQL can even do them). However, for Web Development, MySQL’s usually good enough.

Emanuele Aina Nov 23 2009

Vote: PostgreSQL

Vote: Mysql

Greg Bouchillon Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Codey Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Nathan Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Jonathan Gardner Nov 23 2009

Vote: PostgreSQL.

Having used Oracle for many, many years, I highly recommend against using it for anything, unless you like wasting money on downtime and DBAs.

AlexT Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Matt L Nov 23 2009

MySQL

MySQL

bosscat Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Amanda Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

AndrewJ Nov 23 2009

MS SQL

Vote: MySQL

Anthony Nov 23 2009

Vote: PostgreSQL

Chris Schaffer Nov 23 2009

Vote:MySql

Chris Schaeffer Nov 23 2009

Vote:MySql
typed to fast

Vote: PostgreSQL

Litchie Nov 23 2009

Oracle

Rayel Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Evan Jones Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vinícius Ribeiro Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Stéphane Bergeron Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

daBayrus Nov 23 2009

Vote: MySQL

Suman Nov 23 2009

MySQL

Vote:mysql

Lee Smith Nov 24 2009

Besides being open source, PostgreSQL and MySQL both have advantages.

Sipmaster Nov 24 2009

Vote: Oracle

Compeek Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

CongThinh Nov 24 2009

For the huge database for big projects I use MS SQL. So MySQL is a light DBMS, it’s more popular than others.

Vote: MySQL.

Sam Smith Nov 24 2009

Vote : Oracle

shrikumar Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Tobias Hanika Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Steven Bradley Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

In all fairness, though it’s the only RDMS I have enough real experience with to judge.

Jonathan Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vote: Mysql

William Notowidagdo Nov 24 2009

Vote: PostgreSQL

Sech D Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Guy Redwood Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vote: Oracle

Vote: MySQL

on a sideline: i’m an OSX user too

Vote: MySQL

Vote: PostgreSQL

khame Nov 24 2009

MySQL

Ciprian Nov 24 2009

So far I’ve been using MySQL for both small websites and huge enterprise applications, so I would say MySQL can fit any db requirements. If it doesn’t, than my might consider using something like CouchDB (move to something non-relational).

tantos Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

paris Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

hatma Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vote : MySQL

Vote : MySQL

steven dobbelaere Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

sylv3rblade Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Illuminatus Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

sudan Nov 24 2009

my vote : MySQL

Simon Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Tairone Nov 24 2009

Vote: Oracle

mohamadreza Nov 24 2009

Vote: MS SQL Server

Hannes Nov 24 2009

vote: mysql

dmaster97 Nov 24 2009

Vote:MS SQL Server

on task to task basis, every rdms has it’s advantages.
but overall, nothing bested MS SQL Server for price, feature, install base, support service and comunities. it has full range of product from the lightweight SQL Express to the heavy duty. It even have pretty management tools as default.

Altough i rarely use SQL Server for my projects. Some features are just not there yet in MySQL or PostGre.
as for oracle, too expensive on products and services, too much burden on resource, but it is a beast on its own.
I’m just being practical as LAMP is a common standard for low cost app server and almost every hosting provide it.

hey, there are free lunchs. but you must take as granted.

Noor Khemji Nov 24 2009

Oracle

dmaster97 Nov 24 2009

update: MySQL must use InnoDB engine to be considered Relational DBMS.
default MyISAM engine practically only save data to indexed table(s).

what did you guys referring with MySQL? MyISAM or InnoDB?

;)

Tomáš Bílek Nov 24 2009

PostgreSQL

Yavuz Ege Özcan Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Dennis Stevenson Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Nathanael Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Christopher Nov 24 2009

MySQL of course.

Beecher Smith-Stackhouse Nov 24 2009

MySQL

Isaac Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vote: MySQL

ginghee Nov 24 2009

Vote:Oracle

Jaime Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Bostjan Oblak Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Eduardo Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Rus Mihai Nov 24 2009

Vote: Postgre SQL

Sallar Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Amazing Nov 24 2009

MS SQL Server 2008

Chris G Nov 24 2009

Vote: MSSQL

Although, I agree w/ Maxx. It really depends on the application. Even within organizations I believe many use a variety of RDMS depending on what project they’re trying to tackle.

Martin Nov 24 2009

MySQL

Zoran Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Chris Nov 24 2009

MySQL

Stefano Nov 24 2009

Vote: postgreSQL

Rodrigo Echeverría Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Florian Bogner Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Jeffikus Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

John Langlois Nov 24 2009

Free: MySQL

Mission Critical: DB2 with pureScale

Jamil Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

Aijaz Nov 24 2009

Vote: PostgreSQL

Steven Melendez Nov 24 2009

Correction to above: MS SQL Server… I wrote management studio because I am currently working in it… sleepy as well :)

Dave Allen Nov 24 2009

Vote: mysql

Nick Feek Nov 24 2009

vote:MySQL

Pedro Morgado Nov 24 2009

Sql Server

Joe Scarpetta Nov 24 2009

FileMaker Pro

hanunk Nov 24 2009

Vote: MySQL

vote:MySQL

Alex C. Nov 25 2009

Vote: MySQL

David Rynearson Nov 25 2009

Vote: MySQL, cause it’s free :D

Bilal Çınarlı Nov 25 2009

vote: Oracle
using: MySQL

Pedro Valentim Nov 25 2009

vote: Microsoft SQL Server

Matt Slater Nov 25 2009

Vote: MySQL

digibomb Nov 25 2009

vote: mysql

Edison A. Leon Nov 25 2009

Vote: MySQL

David Nov 25 2009

SQLServer

David Nov 25 2009

Vote:SQLServer

Mario Awad Nov 25 2009

Vote: MySQL

ayrton de craene Nov 25 2009

Vote: SQL Server

razvantim Nov 25 2009

Vote: MySQL

Scott Nov 25 2009

Vote: Oracle

Vote: MySQL FTW

Torino Creative Nov 25 2009

Vote: MySQL

James Nov 25 2009

Vote: MSSQL

Hasan Aydın Nov 25 2009

Vote: MySQL ;)

Roberto Nov 25 2009

Vote: MySQL

Imran KHan Nov 25 2009

Vote:MySQL

Giulia Nov 26 2009

Vote: MySQL

Jigar Chauhan Nov 26 2009

My Vote: MySQL

Ricardo Frances Nov 26 2009

Vote: MySQL

Daniyal Nov 26 2009

Vote: MySQL

roman Nov 26 2009

MySQL

MySQL

Jonathan Chee Nov 27 2009

Vote: MySQL

Dennis Winter Nov 27 2009

Vote: MySQL

expressions Nov 27 2009

MS SQL SERVER 2008
For web developer with smaller projects and less feature requirements MySQL might suffice.

gilles lucato Nov 27 2009

Vote: PcSoft Windev
French IDE containing the fastest DB ever!

etter Nov 27 2009

Vote: MySQL

Yuvaraj Nov 28 2009

Oracle

Vote: Oracle

Ishank badhani Nov 28 2009

one more vote for MySQL

mican Nov 28 2009

Vote: MySQL

emmek Nov 28 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vote: mySQL

Peter Zimon Nov 28 2009

Vote: Oracle

Amit Singh Nov 28 2009

Vote: SQL Server 2008

Jasem Nov 29 2009

Vote: MySQL

onnes Nov 29 2009

MySQL

Roland Shield Nov 29 2009

Vote: MySQL

faLco Nov 29 2009

Vote: Oracle

Mustafa Nov 29 2009

Vote: Oracle

Sascha Nov 29 2009

Vote: MySQL

Joe Fox Nov 29 2009

Vote: Microsoft SQL Server

Caveat: preferably 2005 or higher. They’ve (M$) made significant improvements in this version to performance and overall usability. I’m pretty impressed with it. I’ve worked with Oracle and dabbled a bit with MySQL, but PostgreSQL is not in my skills set yet — any motivation to add it? If not, I’ll skip it for now and stay up with the current moneymaker for me.

TBOINGTON Nov 30 2009

Vote:WINDEV

vote : HyperFileSQL

vote : HyperFileSQL

HyperFile SQL Client server
It’s free without limitations and easy to administer..

Jay Carlson Nov 30 2009

vote: mySQL

julien Nov 30 2009

Vote: MySQL

Vote: MySQL

Vote: SQL Server (2005+)

Vote : MySQL

SF Studio Nov 30 2009

Vote: postgreSQL

Israel Nov 30 2009

vote: MySQL

Vote: SqlBuddy

Ups.. sorry that was: Vote: MySQL

Vote: MySQL

PaKeR Dec 01 2009

Vote: Oracle

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