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Mysql has always been faster than Postgres but when the creators of MySQL sold it to Oracle and then continued development on a fork called MariaDB, they surpassed Oracle who didn't maintain MySQL for over a year and improved it well beyond what Oracle currently has done. See More
MariaDB/Mysql has enormous flexibility in that it enables you to swap out engines for your needs, it autoincrements and send back key with INSERTS. It takes into consideration alot of basic concerns that may not be ACID compliant but are more in line with day-to-day business logic and modern api development. See More
All development decisions for MariaDB can be reviewed and debated on a public mailing list or in the public bug tracker. Contributing to MariaDB is easy and the patch flow is fully transparent and public. But it's not all about the code contribution either - MariaDB also has very active documentation efforts and other related things that help developers in their day-to-day database administration. See More
When you are trying to do something in MySQL and something goes wrong it will simply give you an error message with an error code. WHich does not say much about what went wrong unless you look it up online. This can be a little cumbersome during development. See More
Because of it's popularity there are a lot of tutorials and guides out there that help developers install and work with MySQL. The installation process itself is not very hard and there are multiple powerful GUI tools that make it extremely easy to work with MySQL for a beginner. See More