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What does this all mean to the man on the street?

Thread began 6/17/2014 4:11 am by Nathon Jones Web Design | Last modified 6/23/2014 3:33 pm by Jason Byrnes | 704 views | 6 replies |

Nathon Jones Web Design

What does this all mean to the man on the street?

Received your e-mail stating that "MySQL is deprecated" and will admit to my heart sinking as I have only just started moving everything from Classic ASP / MSSQL to PHP / MySQL - not least because of advice on here to do so. I've also not long purchased eCart 6, DataBridge and DataAssist so to now be facing another bill - it's all a bit concerning.

And what about code that has been put in place via Premier Support tickets - code that doesn't integrate with the WebAssist extensions? We have only just paid for some of that so I'm concerned that we're going to be asked to pay again in order to resolve that code when you were obviously aware, when providing that Premier Support, that this situation was on the horizon.

Are MySQL databases finished?
I'd appreciate some clarification on what this all means and the potential cost implications.

Thank you.
NJ

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Me

MySQL Deprecation

MySQLi (I stands for Improved) has replaced MySQL which as of PHP 5.5.0 will be officially deprecated. You have already made a good decision to move to PHP / MySQL, now its just another little step to bring you right back up to date using the MySQLi extention instead. The deprecation is down to PHP upgrades not anything to do with WebAssist tools.

Fortunately, the guys at WebAssest have once again come up with a very cool extension (MySQLi Server Behaviours) which I have already purchased, tested and can tell you...it's amazing. Clean efficient code replacing the very untidy DW native code which we have had to endure for years. Don't be down hearted. Make this small (comparatively) small investment for you and your customers, you will easily recover the outlay in your first project or two.

I can tell you this, during my time as a designer / developer, I have tried many tools out there from other vendors and in all honesty, WebAssist provide consistently excellent tools, that, generally, with exception to any local configuration issues, work out of the box. I now actually only have WebAssist tools in my configuration. I got rid of the others (from other vendors) as they just do not work as they were advertised and believe me, I have spent a lot of money researching different tools and finding out for myself.

I should say, these are my own opinions and I am customer of WebAssist, have been for years and I am in no affiliated to them (as such).

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

Just to clarify a couple points:

It is not the MySQL databases that are being deprecated. It is the MySQL drivers that are used by the PHP application to connect to the database.

They are being replaced by a new set of drivers, MySQLi. This deprecation has nothing to do with the database end, it has to do with the PHP application server and how it connects to databases.

Existing applications that you have developed will continue to work as long as the host is using a PHP version that is compatible with the MySQL drivers.

Any hosts that I have dealt with will allow you a way of selecting which PHP server version to use. in 1&1 I can select to use v4.2 as an example.

The Switch to MySQLi is for future versions of PHP where the MySQL drivers will no longer be available. We will be upgrading Data Bridge, eCart, and Design Extender to offer support for MySQLi in the near future, those upgrades will offer support for both MySQL in order to maintain old projects and MySQLi for new projects.

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neilo

Timescale

Hello all, Long time.

Following stroke - will not be able to update existing websites I created when all the neurons were still firing in roughly right direction. My question is: How long do I have until I have to leave the country before customers start asking for money back? Am unable to understand implications.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

It depends entirely on your host and when they adopt a PHP Version that does not have MySQL library support. Even then, the host will probably have a way to offer an earlier PHP version.

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neilo

Thanks Jason. Hope all is well with you.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

You're welcome.

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