My Sql Table Names and Case-Sensitivity

09 June, 2009 · less than a minute to read

My Sql Table Names and Case-Sensitivity

While implementing the generate quote page for the Learning Gateway Conference I was storing the quote details in a My Sql database. Normally I use Sql Server, but that’s an optional extra on my hosting plan, so I went for MySql which is included, thinking how different can it be. I’d already got had some experience of working with it while integrating with Moodle.

So I had everything up an running nicely on my development server, until I uploaded the code to the live server, then suddenly, bang, the database calls stopped working with the exceptions talking about an invalid query. I finally tracked it down to the case-sensitivity of the table names in MySql. In windows, the table names are case-insensitive, while on Linux the table names are case-sensitive, and my ISP hosts the MySql databases on Linux machines.

The most annoying thing is that I’m normally very careful about case-sensitivity, but didn’t pay attention to it in this specific case. Moral of the story is always be case-sensitive when coding even if you don’t have to be.

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Written by Richard Willis

Managing Director / Founder

Richard started SalamanderSoft in 2007 after a successful career as a software developer. Wanting to start his own company and with experience in integrating school systems he set out to build the best integration system for schools and to exceed customer expectations. He starting out on his own, doing all the coding, support and sales until finally the growing number of customers meant he needed to start growing the team. He is still heavily involved in coding the core Integration Suite product in addition to running the company and being the first point of contact for prospective customers.

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