Thursday, 13 December 2007

MySQL Connector/ODBC 5.1 Released as Beta

Today MySQL releases the first beta version of MySQL Connector/ODBC 5.1. This means that Connector/ODBC 5.1 is now feature complete. Go download it!

Connector/ODBC 5.1 is suitable for most MySQL versions in active use today. It works with MySQL 4.1, 5.0, 5.1 and 6.0. If anyone is still on 4.0 or earlier releases, you should have upgraded ages ago; consider Connector/ODBC 5.1 "the final straw".

As I wrote in September when we released the alpha version,

It is a partial rewrite of the the original MyODBC 3.51 code base, originally developed by Monty and Venu Anuganti, including individual parts of the current 65K ODBC 5 code base.

The new ODBC 5.1 driver, like 3.51, supports all relevant platforms (including Win64). While ODBC mostly is relevant for Windows, we have some (but not many) Linux based ODBC users.

Overall, ODBC 3.51 (released as 3.51.20) is now in a better state than ever. The ODBC QA team has written several hundred new tests. Without doubt, the 3.51 code base is now a good fundament for the new ODBC 5.1 version.

We've added a MSI installer for Windows 64-bit and implemented a native Windows setup library. We've implemented most parts of the section in my September blog titled "Before ODBC 5.1 goes beta, you can expect the following functions", except sqlbigint and the native Mac OS X setup library. There is no binary package for Mac OS X on 64-bit PowerPC because Apple does not currently provide a 64-bit PowerPC version of iODBC. Also, the HP-UX 11.23 IA64 binary package does not include the GUI bits because of problems building Qt on that platform.

For more details on functionality added and bugs fixed, look for Jim Winstead's announcement later today.

Our usual warning: Keep in mind that this is a beta release, and as with any other pre-production release, caution should be taken when installing on production level systems or systems with critical data.

Thank you to all who've tested Connector/ODBC 5.1 so far! And, obviously, we welcome more testing.


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