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Introduction to MySQL


MySQL is a very popular open-source relational database management system (RDBMS).


What is MySQL?

  • MySQL is a relational database management system
  • MySQL is open-source
  • MySQL is free
  • MySQL is ideal for both small and large applications
  • MySQL is very fast, reliable, scalable, and easy to use
  • MySQL is cross-platform
  • MySQL is compliant with the ANSI SQL standard
  • MySQL was first released in 1995
  • MySQL is developed, distributed, and supported by Oracle Corporation
  • MySQL is named after co-founder Monty Widenius's daughter: My

Who Uses MySQL?

  • Huge websites like Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, Booking.com, Uber, GitHub, YouTube, etc.
  • Content Management Systems like WordPress, Drupal, Joomla!, Contao, etc.
  • A very large number of web developers around the world

Show Data On Your Web Site

To build a web site that shows data from a database, you will need:

  • An RDBMS database program (like MySQL)
  • A server-side scripting language, like PHP
  • To use SQL to get the data you want
  • To use HTML / CSS to style the page