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What is MySQL ?

Last modified: April 19, 2021
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What is MySQL?

Structured Query Language (SQL)

MySQL is a Structured Query Language (SQL)-based Open Source Relational Database Management (RDBMS) system. MySQL operates on almost all systems, including Linux, UNIX, and Windows. While it can be used in a broad spectrum of apps. MySQL is most commonly connected to internet publishing and web applications.

Besides that, MySQL is also the database engine we use for our Linux hosting accounts. It enables you to store records, files, images in an orderly fashion so that they can be accessed on your website.

After all, do you know:

What is SQL?

Well, SQL is the most popular language for adding, managing, and accessing the content in a database. Its most noted features are quick processing, proven reliability, ease, and flexibility of use. Furthermore, MySQL is an essential part of almost every open source PHP application. Some good examples for PHP & MySQL-based scripts are WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla!.

These are the main SQL installations people use that you may download:

1. SQLite.

This library is small and gets embedded inside the application which you’re making. This saves you the time from having to communicate through ports, and it’s incredibly fast. Its feature set is limited (compared to other services).

2. MySQL.

The biggest name around. It is a lot more feature-rich than SQLite. It’s very easy to install, and there are lots of tutorials and help out there.

3. PostgreSQL.

The advanced option. It is definitely not where you want to be as a beginner. The good side of it is that it is powerful and highly extensible (although it’s not as popular as MySQL).

If you’re a beginner, you can go with SQLite. This is because it is easier to install and learn, and you can go a long way in learning just the SQL basics. You can always migrate to MySQL when you finally find that SQL is a skillset you need.

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