MySQL 5.0 release candidate is out with goodies such as stored procedures and such.
Mysql is trying to emulate Oracle. I see the same thing happening with PHP. It’s is trying more and more to emulate JAVA et all and trying to get acceptance in the “enterprise”. Zend’s site is all about the “enterprise”. And that’s all wrong!
Meanwhile, things like Ruby on Rails are stealing PHP’s lead in easy and fast web development. I heard a talk by a Google engineer trying to convince a MySQL crowd that they shouldn’t try to emulate Oracle, they should try to shoot higher than that and become the next web OS database. I don’t think the MySQL guys got it. That’s always the problem with a lot of open source software – they emulate leaders – they don’t lead themselves. Open office is the same – sure, they copy Microsoft Office. But MS Office is much more usable than OO – always a generation or two ahead. At least last time I checked (a few months ago).
Anyway, back to PHP-MySQL. The dynamic duo. Are they loosing the plot by trying to be “enterprise” friendly, instead of focussing on fast and cheerful web2.0-style development? I worry. Discuss.