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If there's one thing that drives me potty it's people who claim that mysql is too slow for their requirements (usually low-medium traffic website), then I look at their implementation and see no indexes on non primary-key fields.

Before NoSQL was a thing, I saw people break their data out into 1000s of .txt files to get around this.

There are so many good reasons to avoid MySQL that one shouldn't even need to bring up speed.

Agreed but in this case "mySQL" meant "SQL" (vs. NoSQL).

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