MySQL the made in heaven partner of php, while learning any server side language, it is important to learn database management. MySQL is like soulmate of php and before looking into MySQL tutorial it’s good to have some knowledge of php not mandatory but it is a good practice.
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Starting with basics.
What is MySQL?
MySQL is an open source relational database management system (RDBMS) based on Structured Query Language MySQL runs on virtually all platforms, including Linux, UNIX, and Windows. Although it can be used in a wide range of applications, Apache as the Web server, MySQL as the relational database management system and PHP as the object-oriented scripting language. (Sometimes Perl or Python is used instead of PHP.)
Many computer programs, including web-based programs like blogs, photo galleries and content management systems need to store and retrieve data. For example, blog software need to store the posts (ie, articles) you write, and retrieve them when a visitor goes to your site. Similarly, photo galleries store information about their pictures (for example, for sites that allow users to rate the photos, the numerical rating for each picture is stored in a database). Instead of reinventing the wheel and implementing their own system of storing and retrieving data, these software simply use the specialised database programs I mentioned earlier.
To make it easy for other programs to access data through them, many database software support a computer language called “SQL” (often pronounced as “sequel”). SQL was specially designed for such a purpose. Programs that want the database software to handle the low-level work of managing data simply use that language to send it instructions.
A database is an organized collection of data.
Database handlers create database in such a way that only one set of software program provide access of data to all the users.
The main purpose of database is to operate large amount of information by storing, retrieving and managing.
There are many dynamic websites on the world wide web now a days which are handled through databases. For example, a model to checks the availability of rooms in a hotel. It is an example of dynamic website that uses database.
Computer databases typically contain aggregations of data records or files, such as sales transactions, product catalogs and inventories, and customer profiles. Typically, a database manager provides users the capabilities of controlling read/write access, specifying report generation, and analyzing usage. Databases and database managers are prevalent in large mainframe systems, but are also present in smaller distributed workstation and mid-range systems such as the AS/400 and on personal computers. SQL (Structured Query Language) is a standard language for making interactive queries from and updating a database such as IBM’s DB2, Microsoft’s SQL Server, and database products from Oracle, Sybase, and Computer Associates.