Tuesday, September 8, 2009

MySQL Connector/Net 6.1.2 GA has been released

MySQL Connector/Net 6.1.2, a new version of the all-managed .NET driver for MySQL has been released. This is our latest GA release and is suitable for use in all scenarios against servers ranging from version 4.1 to 5.4!

It is now available in source and binary form from [http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/6.1.html] and mirror sites (note that not all mirror sites may be up to date at this point of time - if you can't find this version on some mirror, please try again later or choose another download site.)

This release introduces a couple of exciting new features.

Website Configuration Dialog -- This is a new wizard that is activated by clicking a button on the toolbar at the top of the solution explorer. It is meant to work in conjunction with the ASP.Net administration pages.  It makes it easier to activate and set advanced options for the different web providers we include.

Session State Provider -- We are now including a session state provider that allows you to store your websites state in a MySql server.

Support for native output parameters -- With this release we now support native output parameters when connected to a server that supports them. Currently we know that includes 6.0.8 and later servers.  It also will include 5.4 servers.

Changed GUID type -- We have changed our backend representation of a guid type to be CHAR(36).  We are doing this because we feel users will want to use the server UUID() function to populate a guid table and UUID generates a 36 character string.  Developers of older applications can add 'old guids=true' to the connection string and the old binary(16) type will be used.

This release also includes a slew of bug fixes made to the 5.2 and 6.0 trees.  Please check the release notes and change log for a complete list of those changes.  Please let us know what else we broke and how we can make it better!

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