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Porting MySQL tables to Sybase

A MySQL expert explains possible problems when porting tables from MySQL to Sybase ASE.

I am creating a database using MySQL and want to hand off the database to someone who uses Sybase 15 (Sybase's ASE RDBMS). I know nothing about Sybase, but what I have gathered from a quick search on the Internet is that Sybase has a SQL extension,Transact-SQL. Will the person using Sybase be able to import the table I create using MySQL?

If you stick with SQL standard data types, it should be easy to export the database to SQL statements using mysqldump and executing those in Sybase. There might be some minor modifications necessary, especially if Sybase handles indexes or NULL values a little differently. Advanced features like triggers, sequences, stored procedures and configuration settings are unlikely to port directly between databases.

This was first published in March 2007

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