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Can I use an alternative database platform instead of MySQL?SQL (Structured Query Language) is a method of communication between software and databases.
A number of database architectures exist each with their own implementations of SQL. These include MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, SQLite, and PostgreSQL to name just a few of the more commonly known SQL architectures.
MySQL is arguably the world's most popular database engine. It has been used by many high profile sites including YouTube, Google, PayPal, Facebook, Twitter, and eBay. MySQL is also found and supported on the majority of web hosting providers around the globe as standard. Additionally, MySQL may also be freely downloaded for use on your own server/system via mysql.com.
Given its popularity and wide availability, MySQL is the most accessible database engine to our customers, and therefore until recently had been the only SQL database engine officially supported by MIDAS.
However, MariaDB is an increasingly popular free open source database engine. Its developers promote MariaDB as a "drop in replacement for MySQL".
We have successfully tested our MIDAS software using the MariaDB database engine. Therefore, you can choose to use either MySQL or MariaDB for your self-hosted MIDAS room booking system!
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