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MySQL Connector/ODBC Developer Guide  /  Connector/ODBC Versions

Chapter 2 Connector/ODBC Versions

These are the versions of Connector/ODBC that are currently available:

  • Connector/ODBC 5.3 series, now in GA status, is suitable for use with any MySQL version since 4.1 (it will not work with 4.0 or earlier releases). It conforms to the ODBC 3.8 specification and contains key ODBC 3.8 features including self-identification as a ODBC 3.8 driver, streaming of output parameters (supported for binary types only), and support of the SQL_ATTR_RESET_CONNECTION connection attribute (for the Unicode driver only). Connector/ODBC 5.3 also introduces a GTK+-based setup library, providing GUI DSN setup dialog on some Unix-based systems. The library is currently included in the Oracle Linux 6 and Debian 6 binary packages. Other new features in the 5.3 series include file DSN and bookmark support; see the release notes for the 5.3 series for details.

  • Connector/ODBC 5.2 upgrades the ANSI driver of Connector/ODBC 3.51 to the 5.x code base. It also includes new features, such as enabling server-side prepared statements by default. At installation time, you can choose the Unicode driver for the broadest compatibility with data sources using various character sets, or the ANSI driver for optimal performance with a more limited range of character sets. It works with MySQL versions 4.1.1 and higher.

  • Connector/ODBC 5.1, is a partial rewrite of the of the 3.51 code base, and is designed to work with MySQL versions 4.1.1 and newer.

    Connector/ODBC 5.1 also includes the following changes and improvements over the 3.51 release:

    • Improved support on Windows 64-bit platforms.

    • Full Unicode support at the driver level. This includes support for the SQL_WCHAR data type, and support for Unicode login, password and DSN configurations. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledgebase Article #716246.

    • Support for the SQL_NUMERIC_STRUCT data type, which provides easier access to the precise definition of numeric values. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledgebase Article #714556

    • Native Windows setup library. This replaces the Qt library based interface for configuring DSN information within the ODBC Data Sources application.

    • Support for the ODBC descriptor, which improves the handling and metadata of columns and parameter data. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledgebase Article #716339.

  • Connector/ODBC 3.51, also known as the MySQL ODBC 3.51 driver, is a 32-bit ODBC driver. Connector/ODBC 3.51 has support for ODBC 3.5x specification level 1 (complete core API + level 2 features) to continue to provide all functionality of ODBC for accessing MySQL.

The manual for versions of Connector/ODBC older than 5.3 can be located in the corresponding binary or source distribution.

Note

Versions of Connector/ODBC earlier than the 3.51 revision were not fully compliant with the ODBC specification.

Note

From this section onward, the primary focus of this guide is the Connector/ODBC 5.3 driver.

Note

Version numbers for MySQL products are formatted as X.X.X. However, Windows tools (Control Panel, properties display) may show the version numbers as XX.XX.XX. For example, the official MySQL formatted version number 5.0.9 may be displayed by Windows tools as 5.00.09. The two versions are the same; only the number display formats are different.


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