What is MySQL?
MySQL, pronounced either ‘My S-Q-L’ or ‘My Sequel’, is an open source relational database management system. It is based on the structured query language (SQL), which is used for adding, removing, and modifying information in a database. Standard SQL commands, such as ADD, DROP, INSERT, and UPDATE can be used with MySQL.
Web pages that access information from a database often involve MySQL programming. Dynamic pages are generated from the database as the page is loaded. Websites that use dynamic Web pages are often referred to as database-driven websites.
A database-driven website that uses MySQL often also uses PHP (compared to ASP) to access information from the database. They can be hosted on either a Windows or a Linux web server. MySQL commands are included in the PHP code, allowing part or all of a web page to be created from database information. Because both MySQL and PHP are open source the PHP/MySQL combination is a flexible, inexpensive choice for database-driven websites.
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