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MariaDB and Moodle

Moodle admins might ask “What is MariaDB” ?

What is MariaDB?

MySQL is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS).

Its name is actually a combination of “My”, the name of co-founder Michael Widenius’s daughter, and “SQL”, the abbreviation for Structured Query Language.

MariaDB Server is one of the most popular database servers in the world. It’s made by the original developers of MySQL and guaranteed to stay open source.

Who uses MariaDB? Well, some name you will recognise such as Wikipedia, WordPress.com and Google.

MariaDB is an enhanced, drop-in replacement for MySQL.

So, for Moodle admins, this means you could consider MariaDB in place of MySQL.

MariaDB is used because it is fast, scalable and robust, with a rich ecosystem of storage engines, plugins and many other tools.

MariaDB is developed as open source software and as a relational database it provides an SQL interface for accessing data.

If you haven’t heard about MariaDB before, why note spend 10 minutes researching what people are saying about it on the web?

Next month, we will look at MariaDB in a bit more depth.

Stuart Mealor
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Stuart Mealor

Stuart is interested in all things e-learning, with specific interests in Moodle, e-learning strategy, and business development. His experience in education over 30 years, MBA in International Business, and knowledge of e-learning systems implementation, together with graphic design background, give him a unique skill set for e-learning projects.

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