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Difference Between MySQL and MSSQL Server

Last updated: September 8, 2022
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Difference Between MySQL and MSSQL Server


SQL is an acronym for Structured Query Language. Most people use it to access, manipulate, and retrieve information from a database.

MySQL is an open-source Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). It supports all platforms like Windows, Mac OS, Solaris, Free BSD, Linux, etc. The languages it uses are mainly C and C++. Its type is RDBMS and available in the English language only.

The primary function of SQL Server is the storage and access of data. Besides, some other applications require it in order to operate. Whether they are running on other computers connecting to a network, or on which computer is storing the server. It supports the platforms that are Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Windows server. Moreover, SQL Server provides the language drivers to connect easily with any code.

1) MySQL

  • The company that created MYSQL is MySQL AB. The features are like support to cross-platform, stored procedures, triggers, cursors, data definition language, ACID compliance, and SSL support. Not only that, but it also supports views updatable, partitioning, Indexing, select, commit grouping, Unicode support, and many more.
  • However, there are certain limitations in My SQL. In MySQL, there is a limitation, which is, it only allows executing one trigger on the table if any event happens on the table. The other limitation is MySQL does not follow the full SQL standards.
  • Using the ‘mysqldump’ backup tool that supports backing up of data from all the storage engines. The other MySQL backup software program is ‘XtraBackup’, which is open-source. Developers can run MySQL on Cloud as well as Amazon and Microsoft Azure. Developers also use it as a service as well.

2) SQL Server

  • Also referred to as MSSQL means Microsoft SQL Server. It was initially released by Microsoft in the year 1989. It was written in C and C++ and is available in multi-languages like English, Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese, etc.
  • Has many editions like Enterprise edition, basic or Standard edition, Web edition, BI, workgroup, and Express edition. SQL Server has many features like multiple developers can use the same database. The database table model is capable of storing records or information. The syntax is very simple for writing the basic queries like Insert, create, update, and delete, which are also referred to as CRUD statements.
  • Provides high scalability. Therefore, developers can use it for small projects as well as large applications. SQL Server helps in taking care of millions of transactions per day. It gives better performance and high speed while retrieving the data for the application.
  • People use it as a service like SSAS, SSRS, SSIS, SSNS. SQL Server has a feature to integrate with a Visual studio for data programming.

The key differences between them:

In a nutshell...

Both MySQL and SQL server is used as a relational database management system. Besides that, both of them provide immediate consistency and are using ACID transaction types. They also provide support for typing, data schemes, XML support, triggers, and secondary indexes.

The more popular one between them is MySQL. It is open-source, free of cost, and compatible with many more platforms than SQL Server. The SQL server high cost paid license makes the developers uncomfortable to work with the platforms like Linux. If Linux is the platform, it mainly uses MySQL. Only Windows-based application Developers go with SQL server for integrating languages like.Net etc.

The only way to choose the database depends on your application. In application, the developer should not migrate the application and the language in a very short time. Why is it so? Well, this is because the database selection depends on the platform and the hosting environment.

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