databases

Rank

MSSQL Server vs Flat files

  1. This database is good for performing complex operations on large amounts of data

    93% 7%
  2. There are good commercial tools for working with this database

    89% 11%
  3. This database is good for heavily mathematical operations on data

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

    82% 18%
  5. It is easy to construct ad-hoc queries against this database

    82% 18%
  6. This database is highly scalable

    80% 20%
  7. This database is good at high concurrency reads

    79% 21%
  8. This database is good for querying time series

    76% 24%
  9. This database has a good story for replication

    76% 24%
  10. This database is good for querying graph structures

    74% 26%
  11. This database is very reliable

    72% 28%
  12. This database has a good community around it

    70% 30%
  13. This database has very good write performance

    67% 33%
  14. This database has very good read performance

    58% 42%
  15. I am familiar with this database

    58% 42%
  16. This database is good for performing many small operations on data

    58% 42%
  17. This database has a very restrictive data model

    50% 50%
  18. This database has a very flexible data model

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

    43% 57%
  20. This database can be a bit arcane

    41% 59%
  21. This database is easy for non-programmers to use

    37% 63%
  22. This database has an unusual data model

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

    29% 71%
  24. There are good open source tools for working with this database

    22% 78%
  25. This database would be good for embedding in an application

    14% 86%
  26. This database has a low footprint

    8% 92%

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 MSSQL Server and Flat files 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.