Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Oracle Express and MS SQL Express

Well, this time it is not a post directly related to Delphi, but since Delphi is since its first incarnation all about database deployment, well yes, this article relates to Delphi once again ;-)

Some of you will have read it already, I guess, but I still do believe it merrits being said once again. The database market is getting more and more interessting for smaller companies and people interessted in deploying small to medium sized database applications.

A while ago, Microsoft introduced to us the MSDE - Microsoft Developer Edition - of its bigger brother, the MS SQL Server. Now, with .NET 2.0 and MS SQL Server 2005 coming to our development machines Microsoft offers us the
MS SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. Basically it is the same as its larger brothers (or sisters ) with limits of one CPU, one GB RAM usage and 4 GB database size. This version is free for download, development, and redistribution. This version was made available on November 7th, yesterday.

Interesting is the fact, that Microsoft has done this about one week after Oracle has done the same with its
Oracle Database 10g Express Edition. Oracles database has the exact same three basic limits. And a first, die Express Edition of the Oracle database finally is easy to install and wont kill your development machine ;-)

It's getting exiting again, and here we are, getting close to the release of the Borland Developer Studio 2006. Keep out watching for it and get ready - download Oracle and MS SQL Server now!


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