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What is MySQL?

  • MySQL is a database system used on the web
  • MySQL is a database system that runs on a server
  • MySQL is ideal for both small and large applications
  • MySQL is very fast, reliable, and easy to use
  • MySQL uses standard SQL
  • MySQL compiles on a number of platforms
  • MySQL is free to download and use
  • MySQL is developed, distributed, and supported by Oracle Corporation
  • MySQL is named after co-founder Monty Widenius daughter: My
The data in a MySQL database are stored in tables. A table is a collection of related data, and it consists of columns and rows. Databases are useful for storing information categorically. A company may have a database with the following tables:
  • Employees
  • Products
  • Customers
  • Orders


PHP + MySQL Database System

  • PHP combined with MySQL are cross-platform (you can develop in Windows and serve on a Unix platform)


Database Queries

A query is a question or a request.
We can query a database for specific information and have a recordset returned.
Look at the following query (using standard SQL):
SELECT LastName FROM Employees
The query above selects all the data in the "LastName" column from the "Employees" table.


Download MySQL

If you do not have a PHP server with a MySQL Database, you can download it for free here: http://www.mysql.com


Facts About MySQL

MySQL is the de-facto standard database system for web sites with HUGE volumes of both data and end-users (like Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia).
Another great thing about MySQL is that it can be scaled down to support embedded database applications.
Look at http://www.mysql.com/customers/for an overview of companies using MySQL.