What Is MySQL?

This section provides a quick introduction of MySQL with a list of main features.

What Is MySQL? MySQL is an open source Relational DataBase Management System (RDBMS) developed by MySQL AB, http://www.mysql.com. MySQL was started with mSQL with fast low-level (ISAM) routines. So MySQL and mSQL are having almost the same application programming interfaces and command line interfaces.

As of 2015, MySQL is the second most widely used RDBMS in the world.

Main features of MySQL (extracted from MySQL 5.0 manual):

Releases of MySQL:

MySQL 5.7 - 2015
MySQL 5.6 - 2013
MySQL 5.5 - 2010
MySQL 5.1 - 2008
MySQL 5.0 - 2005
MySQL 4.1 - 2004
MySQL 4.0 - 2002
MySQL 3.2 - 1997
MySQL 1.0 - 1995

Last update: 2015.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction of SQL

MySQL Introduction and Installation

What Is MySQL?

 Downloading and Installing MySQL

 Issues during MySQL Installation

 Starting and Stopping MySQL Server

 Creating First Table in MySQL

 Un-Installing MySQL

 Using MySQL Noinstall Package

 Introduction of MySQL Programs

 Perl Programs and MySQL Servers

 PHP Programs and MySQL Servers

 Java Programs and MySQL Servers

 Datatypes and Data Literals

 Operations and Expressions

 Character Strings and Bit Strings

 Commonly Used Functions

 Table Column Types for Different Types of Values

 Using DDL to Create Tables and Indexes

 Using DML to Insert, Update and Delete Records

 Using SELECT to Query Database

 Transaction Management and Isolation Levels

 Locks Used in MySQL

 Defining and Calling Stored Procedures

 Variables, Loops and Cursors Used in Stored Procedures

 Outdated Tutorials


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