databases

Rank

Flat files vs MySQL

  1. This database would be good for embedding in an application

    85% 15%
  2. This database has a low footprint

    84% 16%
  3. This database is easy for non-programmers to use

    77% 23%
  4. This database has an unusual data model

    70% 30%
  5. This database is very easy to get started with

    63% 37%
  6. This database has a very flexible data model

    59% 41%
  7. This database can be a bit arcane

    56% 44%
  8. This database has very good write performance

    52% 48%
  9. There are bindings for a variety of different languages to talk to this database

    51% 49%
  10. This database has very good read performance

    44% 56%
  11. This database has a very restrictive data model

    43% 57%
  12. This database is good for querying graph structures

    37% 63%
  13. I am familiar with this database

    37% 63%
  14. This database is good for querying time series

    36% 64%
  15. This database is very reliable

    30% 70%
  16. There are good open source tools for working with this database

    30% 70%
  17. This database is good at high concurrency reads

    30% 70%
  18. This database is good for performing many small operations on data

    29% 71%
  19. This database is good for heavily mathematical operations on data

    27% 73%
  20. This database has a good story for replication

    25% 75%
  21. There are good commercial tools for working with this database

    23% 77%
  22. It is easy to construct ad-hoc queries against this database

    20% 80%
  23. This database has a good community around it

    18% 82%
  24. This database is highly scalable

    18% 82%
  25. This database is good at high concurrency writes

    17% 83%
  26. This database is good for performing complex operations on large amounts of data

    15% 85%

What's going on here?

The absolute rankings are interesting for large scale comparisons but when you want to know about two specific languages it's much more informative to look at how the two fare when they go directly head to head.

Here are all the statements which we've got enough comparisons between Flat files and MySQL to be meaningful and which of the two our users picked.

The order in which we're presenting them is a little arbitrary (sorry), but we've tried to put the things which they're both good at first so as to give you the most interesting picture of it.