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New Project : MySQL Or SQL 2005 Express

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I am starting a new client/server project at work and I want to start using some of the newer technologies I've been reading about, LINQ and Generics being the main ones. Up until now I have been developing these types of applications with MySQL as clients were unwilling to pay the large licence costs for MSSQL.

I have played around a small amount with the express versions but have never actually developed anything with them. The new application will not have more than 5 concurrent connections but will be needed for daily reporting.

  1. Can MSSQL 2005 express still be downloaded? I cant seem to find it on the microsoft site. I would be hesitant to use MSSQL 2008 on a project so soon after its release.

  2. Are the express version adequate for my needs, I'm sure loads of people reading this have used them. Did you encounter any problems?

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Answer

The answer to the question on any project in regards to what platform/technologies to use is: What does everyone know best?

  1. Yes express can still be downloaded.

  2. Will it fit your requirements? That depends on your requirements, of course. I have deployed MSSQL2005 Express on several enterprise level projects which I knew had a fixed database size that would never be exceeded (Express has a limit of each database of 4Gb). Also keep in mind there are other hardware constraints such as a 1 cpu limit.

Another thing to consider is if you need the Enterprise level tools that come with a paid edition of SQL Server. If you are moving a lot of flat data around you are stuck writing your own Bulk Copy Procs, which rule the house, but its an extra step, no doubt.

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source: stackoverflow.com
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