MySQL is a fast, easy-to-use RDBMS being used for many small and big businesses. MySQL is developed, marketed, and supported by MySQL AB, which is a Swedish company. MySQL is becoming so popular because of many good reasons:
- MySQL is released under an open-source license. So you have nothing to pay to use it.
- MySQL is a very powerful program in its own right. It handles a large subset of the functionality of the most expensive and powerful database packages.
- MySQL uses a standard form of the well-known SQL data language.
- MySQL works on many operating systems and with many languages including PHP, PERL, C, C++, JAVA, etc.
- MySQL works very quickly and works well even with large data sets.
- MySQL is very friendly to PHP, the most appreciated language for web development.
- MySQL supports large databases, up to 50 million rows or more in a table. The default file size limit for a table is 4GB, but you can increase this (if your operating system can handle it) to a theoretical limit of 8 million terabytes (TB).
- Introducing MySQL
- Introducing PHP
- Publishing MySQL Data on the Web
- Relational Database Design
- Structured PHP Programming
- A Content Management System
- Content Formatting with Regular Expressions
- Cookies, Sessions, and Access Control
- MySQL Administration
- Advanced SQL Queries
- Binary Data
- Manual Installation Instructions
- MySQL Syntax Reference
- MySQL Functions
- MySQL Column Types