The following is the foreword of the MySQL 5.0 Certification Study Guide. It outlines the changes that are being made in the MySQL certification program, and provides the reasons why those changes were made.
For the past many years, the MySQL® Relational Database Management System has been the most widely adopted Open Source database system in the world. With the release of MySQL version 5.0, adoption of MySQL into the enterprise sector of companies is certain to grow even faster than ever before. When the first edition of the MySQL Certification Study Guide was published in April 2004, we noted how MySQL adoption had grown to an estimated 4 million installations. At the time of writing, that estimate has risen to more than 6 million and by the time you read this, who knows?
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