The open source database MySQL grew rapidly in popularity over the past year, according to results from a survey released on Monday by research
company Evans Data. Usage of MySQL for developing applications grew by 30 per cent over the past year, while usage of Microsoft's SQL Server and
Access databases grew at 6 per cent, according to the survey of 550 developers conducted last month.
Over all, Microsoft's products continue to dominate the database development market. But open-source software's price and ability to integrate with
other software mesh well with the priorities of application developers, said Evans Data analyst Joe McKendrick. Programmers often select a single
database for both application development and deployment.