Open source and SaaS offerings rethink the database
Key-value repositories and other alternatives take aim at simplicity, scalability, and cloud servicesFollow @peterwayner
A number of online services wrap a nice Web-based interface around a database. Some call themselves "shared spreadsheets," but they are just databases at their core. These SaaS offerings, including Caspio Bridge (see my review), DabbleDB.com, and Zoho (Zoho Sheet and Zoho Creator), are mainly targeted at businesspeople, not programmers, but they can be useful.
And if you don't want to leave relational databases behind forever, there's always Drizzle, a fork built by some of the MySQL team. The new version built under the GNU Public License tosses out many of the fancy features that MySQL tried so hard to incorporate. "Stored Procedures, Views, Triggers, Query Cache, and Prepared Statements are gone for now," wrote Brian Aker last year. Now, there are dozens of branches in the MySQL tree. Oh well. Once it was trendy to have too many features. Now it's not.