2.3 Changes in MySQL Connector/ODBC 5.3.0 (2013-10-24, Alpha)

This is an alpha release for the Connector/ODBC 5.3.x series. The available downloads include both a Unicode driver and an ANSI driver within the same package (the two drivers are no longer shipped separately). Server-side prepared statements are enabled by default. It is suitable for use with any MySQL version since 4.1 (it will not work with 4.0 or earlier releases).

This is the first MySQL ODBC driver series conforming to the ODBC 3.8 specification. It contains the minimally required implementation of the standard with key 3.8 features, which includes driver self-identification and the streaming of output parameters (supported for binary types only) in this alpha release.

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.

The release is built against the MySQL server 5.6.14 client library.

Keep in mind that this is an alpha release and, as with any other pre-production releases, cautions should be taken when installing on production level systems or systems with critical data. Not all of the features planned for the final Connector/ODBC 5.3 release are implemented.

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