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My Rails app runs on MySQL because my blog runs on MySQL and, since they're all black boxes for me anyhow, why bother installing another service.

At work, our Rails apps run on Postgres because our Big Freaking Consultingware runs on Postgres and, since they're all black boxes for me anyhow...

File that as instance #572 of the Power of Defaults. Now, go take a look at the popular OSS and commercial packages for deployment at web hosts, and you're going to see a preponderance of MySQL. (Wordpress, VBulletin, etc, etc.) That is a self-fulfilling prophecy.




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