Microsoft SQL Server Studio OR My SQL, Which One Is Better?

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Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL Work Bench, MY SQL, Microsoft Access, Azure Data Studio, and PostgreSQL. No these are not the names of any secret spy group. But these are a few of the many platforms where we can write the SQL queries.

What is SQL?

SQL is a language that is used for programming and managing data held in a data management system. It is simple and easy to learn and has other benefits too.

The programming language helps us store the humungous amount of data, in an organized manner. So the data is organized and becomes accessible as per the user’s desire in a matter of seconds.

Difference between Microsoft SQL Server Studio & My SQL

But which platform we should use to learn the language. The options provided at the start are fine, might be good as well. But there are 2 of them, which are the main competitors among the platforms for learning.

My SQL and SSMS. Besides being a user-friendly platform to learn on, a major reason for them being at the top is that they are free. Who better to make good use of free stuff than us Indians right?

Also, there is always a quarrel between these two. Which one is better? Do not worry, we are here to settle this dispute for you.

Presented below is a list of features of both the data management systems. Look through the list carefully to update your knowledge on both systems.

Features Differences

S. No.BasisMy SQLSSMS
1Developer/ OwnerOracle CorporationMicrosoft Corporation
2Initial Release19952005
3DefinitionMySQL is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS)SQL Server Management Studio Express is also an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS)
4Additional Software RequiredNoRequires installation of SQL Server
5Operational Storage Space for Download500-800 MB6 GB
6Query Cancellation in case of Heavy QueryNo Option AvailableOption Available
7Supported Platforms (OS)Windows, Mac OS, Linux, UNIXWindows OS, Linux
8Different Editions OfferedStandard, Enterprise, Cluster Grade editionStandard, Enterprise, Web, Workgroup, or Express Edition
9Major ImplementationsJoomla, WordPress, Drupal, Google, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Youtube, UberMicrosoft, SQL Database Developers. SQL Business Intelligence Developers. SQL Database Administrators
10Languages Available InEnglishEnglish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, and Indonesian
11Last Release & Version Available18 January 2022, 8.0.28November 4, 2019, SQL Server 2019
12Websitewww.mysql.comwww.microsoft.com/sql-server
13Software EnvironmentNot User FriendlyUser Friendly
14FeaturesMY SQL does not support rich relational features. There are a lot of commands which don’t work in My SQL.Ít has rich relational features.

Features Similarities

S. No.BasisMy SQLSSMS
1Supported Query LanguagesJava, PHP, C++, Python, Delphi, etc.Java, PHP, C++, Python, Delphi, etc.
2Language Written InC, C++C, C++

Commands Differences

S. No.BasisMy SQLSSMS
1Selecting Top 10 RecordsSELECT *
FROM table_name ORDER BY col_name
LIMIT 10;
SELECT TOP 10 *
FROM table_name ORDER BY col_name;
2Current TimeSELECT NOW()SELECT GETDATE()
3Database VersionSELECT VERSION()SELECT @@VERSION
4Length of CharacterSELECT CHARACTER_LENGTH(col_name) FROM table_name;SELECT LEN(col_name) FROM table_name;
5Concatenation of StringsSELECT CONCAT(‘MS’,’SQL’,’Tips’) or SELECT (‘MS’ + ‘SQL’ + ‘Tips’)SELECT CONCAT(‘MS’,’SQL’,’Tips’);
6Creating Increment ColumnCREATE TABLE books (
id int NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
title varchar(255) NOT NULL,
primary_author varchar(255),
PRIMARY KEY (id)
);
CREATE TABLE books (
id INT IDENTITY,
title VARCHAR(100) NOT NULL,
primary_author VARCHAR(100),
);
7Increment Conditions->It requires a unique constraint (like a primary key) to be defined for the AUTO_INCREMENT column.
->It lets you manually insert values into an AUTO_INCREMENT column.
->It allows you to update values in an AUTO_INCREMENT column.
->In MSSQL it is not mandatory to use a unique constraint (like a primary) for IDENTITY
->You cannot manually insert a value into an IDENTITY column;
if needed, you can override this by issuing a “SET IDENTITY_INSERT table name ON” command before the insert.
->It refuses to update values in an IDENTITY column.
8Natural JoinSELECT *
FROM table_a
NATURAL JOIN table_b;
SELECT *
FROM table_a
INNER JOIN table_b
ON table_a.id=table_b.id;
9Natural Join Conditions->The associated tables have one or more pairs of identically named columns.
->The columns must be the same data type.
->Don’t use ON clause in a NATURAL JOIN.
-> It does not support Natural join
->we can obtain the same result by using the above query
10Rename a Column-MySQL 8.0 and above
ALTER TABLE table_name RENAME COLUMN old_col_name TO new_col_name;
-MySQL 5.7
ALTER TABLE table_name CHANGE old_col_name new_col_name datatype(length);
EXEC sp_rename ‘Table_name.Old_Name’, ‘New_Name’, ‘COLUMN’;
11Show all the DatabasesSHOW DATABASESEXEC SP_HELPDB
12OffsetSELECT *
FROM table_name order by col_name
limit 1 offset 1;
SELECT *
FROM table_name ORDER BY col_name
OFFSET 1 ROWS
13Batch SeperatorThere is no batch separator in MySQL, usually, the query ends with a semi-colonuse db_name go Select * from table_name
14Select certain records after the top 5 valuesSELECT *
FROM table_name order by col_name
limit 3 offset 5;
-> we cannot use top and offset in the same query
SELECT *
FROM table_name ORDER BY col_name
OFFSET 5 ROWS
FETCH NEXT 3 ROWS ONLY;
15SchemaCREATE SCHEMA db_name or CREATE DATABASE db_name
use db_name
select * from table_name;
select * from [dbo].[table_name]
16Schema Conditions-> In MySQL Schema and Database are one and the same
-> We can use them interchangeably
->In MSSQL the Schema and Database are a bit different
->A database schema is a way to logically group objects such as tables, views, stored procedures, etc.
->schema is like a container of objects. You can assign user login permissions to a single schema so that the user can only access the objects they are authorized to access.
->Schemas can be created and altered in a database and users can be granted access to a schema.
->A schema can be owned by any user, and schema ownership is transferable.
17Globally Unique IDentifierSELECT UUID()SELECT NEWID()

Conclusion

Even twins are different in some way or the other. Now, looking at the differences & similarities, you decide that out of the 2, which twin do you want to be a friend with. Now that you know what both are capable of, we are sure you can decide which one you want to play.

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