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Posted - 10/12/2012 :  13:58:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking for opinions, hopefully this is the proper forum.

There is a local SQL language class coming up, that I am considering, to get a better understanding of SQL programming, but they will be using MySQL as the basis.
Is there much of a difference with MySQL than what we are using inside of the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (2008 R2)? Essentially, will I learn the same "language" when it comes down to it?

I see that MySQL is described as a "free" software, and less powerful.
As stated above, we will be using the SQL Server, and not installing any MySQL applications.
Using it mostly for creating Views and running Select queries (hopefully semi-complex, someday), the occasional Update query, and some SSRS reports.

Thank you for any thoughts.

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Posted - 10/12/2012 :  18:09:14  Show Profile  Visit robvolk's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The SQL dialects will be similar, but the differences can be frustrating to deal with (MySQL LIMIT vs. SQL Server OFFSET, backquotes in MySQL vs. brackets or double quotes in SQL Server).

SQL Server has a free version (Express Edition) that limits certain features but is otherwise the same as the regular SQL Server editions.
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Posted - 10/13/2012 :  07:13:24  Show Profile  Visit jackv's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Beyond the syntax differences , it is very useful to learn about raelational theory and other database principals - this way you can understand the basics. Thinking about which platform , will probably depend on what you see yourself doing in the future

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