I am trying to learn SQL programming in my spare time, but I'm running into some issues. I currently have Visual Basic Studio 2010 installed, as well as Microsoft SQL Server 2008/2012. I've been told that I should be using MySQL to practice the coding. Should I lean towards MySQL in order to learn the language? (I am currently installing MySQL Workbench as we speak)....

I've been told that I should be using MySQL to practice the coding.

For what reason? The basics for both servers are the same, they just have some "minor" differences in their syntax.

If you install MS SQL and SQL Management Studio (both free) you can run queries in Studio itself without having to create all the interface objects that you would need if running from vb. This makes it much easier to build your databases and debug/learn queries.

Mycrosofts MySQL server works perfectly fine, it's always handy to know SQL.

Microsoft does not make MySQL. Microsoft makes MS SQL.

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