​A blog posting from MySQL founder and original developer, Michael “Monty” Widenius, announces the release of a major new database engine called Maria. Over two years in the making, the Maria engine appears to be the open source database leader’s answer to the problem posed by Oracle’s acquisition of InnoDB. Here’s a list of major features of Maria:

  • ACID
  • Commit/Rollback
  • Concurrent selects (thanks to MVCC)
  • Row locking
  • Group commit

For Java developers, users of LAMP stack architectures and many others, the reliability and stability of MySQL is serious business. The more advanced transactional capbilities of MySQL added since version 4.1 have been based on an underlying engine now owned by a key commercial competitor. Switching to a new engine, however, is a potentially daunting task for application developers and database administrators. Issues of compatibility and overall stability are inevitable. On that issue, Monty says:

Source: DZONE