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MySQL is an open source database software designed to allow for the storage and querying of structured data. Oracle SQL Developer is an integrated development environment (IDE) built to be used with Oracle database. Users of Oracle database software will prefer Oracle SQL Developer while MySQL users will need to use a different IDE such as Datagrip. With this in mind, this comparison will focus on the differences between MySQL and Oracle Database. Oracle Database and Oracle SQL developers are popular with mid-sized businesses and larger enterprises while MySQL is popular with businesses of all sizes.
MySQL and Oracle Database both have essential database features including structured data storage and query-based data retrieval. Each database software also has a few standout features that set them apart from one another.
MySQL is an open source database software, meaning its source code is available online for free. Since MySQL is an open source software, it can be set up very affordably for businesses with technical staff. MySQL also offers high-performance querying, and fast read/write times. Additionally, MySQL supports a variety of programming languages including Java. Lastly, MySQL is a very scalable database software, which can make it an ideal choice for organizations expecting rapid growth.
Oracle Database is a proprietary database software, meaning users can benefit from the vast support resources available from Oracle as well as IDEs like Oracle SQL Developer. Additionally, Oracle Database includes robust SQL commands that allow for more complex reporting than other database software options. Oracle Database also provides support for the Ruby programming language and the Ruby on Rails Framework.
MySQL and Oracle Database both include robust database features, but they also have a few limitations that are important to consider.
MySQL support and apps don’t have the same technical resources available as the team behind Oracle Database. This can be a problem for businesses with self-hosted instances of MySQL that lack the technical staff and need to lean on support teams. Additionally, MySQL doesn’t support many of the SQL commands included in Oracle Database. Organizations looking for the biggest feature set may be better served by Oracle Database’s wider set of features.
Oracle Database will be a pricier option for most organizations due to its proprietary nature. Its higher price may make Oracle Database a poor choice for organizations looking for an affordable database software option. Additionally, Oracle Database doesn’t scale as easily as MySQL, so businesses looking to grow quickly may want to consider other options.
MySQL is an open source database software, so businesses are able to set up an instance of it at no charge. Many services offer hosting services and support for MySQL, where pricing is dependent on the host, as well as what features are included. Most MySQL hosting options also include free versions for small projects.
Oracle Database has to be purchased from Oracle, but pricing is similarly dependent on data needs as well as features. Oracle Database also includes a free version for businesses with minimal storage needs.
Provided by the TrustRadius Research Team
Published on May 15, 2020
Likelihood to Recommend
- MySQL is first off free to use, so that makes it a win right there.
- MySQL is constantly updated and security holes are patched quickly and often.
- MySQL is highly customizable and allows you access to all areas of the database to use it the way you want, plus there is lots of documentation online and other users sharing their customization experiences to help you along the way.
- Export SQL results to a spreadsheet. After a query is run, you are able to export the results to a spreadsheet
- Easily preview data columns on an Oracle table or view and the metadata on those columns.
- SQL Editor is color-coded so that you can tell easily what are keywords.
- You can set up SQL code templates to be able to use shortcut keys to format your SQL query easily in a readable format that you prefer.
- Complex queries usually require many resources to obtain results. Other software does not present this situation.
- MySQL has stopped its evolutionary process since its change of ownership, so the changes it presents have become irrelevant to the operation of the service.
- Oracle has avoided releasing the code for the detection and correction of errors so the essence of open source has been disappearing
- Setup can be challenging if your schemas aren't well formed or managed. Also, the ability to model/develop extensions for an existing database solution will depend on how robust the DBA provisioned roles and designed the respective schemas.
- Detailed analysis of models can be clunky for complex relational models.
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Return on Investment
- MySQL has been a vital cost reducing technology for smaller databases that do not require commercial support.
- We have successfully sold the enterprise edition to customers who wanted to beef up the capabilities of MySQL compared to the community edition without rewriting an application to use a fully commercial database such as DB2, Oracle or SQL Server
- MySQL has been extremely cost effective where we have deployed it. When compared to Oracle or MySQL, the savings has been substantial.
- SQL Developer is a free tool that comes with the licenses of Oracle Database, so it's quite inappropriate to talk about ROI of this software itself.
- SQL Developer is not a "you get what you pay for" product. Using it can cut out an entire line from your budget, so there is no comparison in that regard. We now only buy a few licenses for other similar tools and only when the user can prove SQL Developer doesn't meet the need.
- In some cases, new programmers come in that are not familiar with SQL Developer. People tend to like what is familiar, so there is some initial time spent learning the tool. But that is balanced out because it really is pretty intuitive.