MySQL, the popular open-source database that’s a standard element in many web application stacks, has unveiled the first release candidate for version 8.0.
Features to be rolled out in MySQL 8.0 include:
- First-class support for Unicode 9.0 out of the box.
- Window functions and recursive SQL syntax, for queries that previously weren’t possible or would have been difficult to write.
- Expanded support for native JSON data and document-store functionality.
With version 8.0, MySQL is jumping several versions in its numbering (from 5.5), due to 6.0 being nixed and 7.0 being reserved for the clustering version of MySQL.