MySQL (pronounced "my ess cue ell") is a powerful database management system. It has a myriad of uses, from organising contact lists to managing inventory. MySQL can be used on personal computers, business networks, internet servers - in fact just about any computing situation.
MySQL can be very simple and it can be very complicated. You can choose to learn as much or as little as you like, depending on your needs. If you only need to know how to add and retrieve information from a database, you can learn all you need to know fairly quickly. If you want to create database-driven content for your website, the learning curve will be steeper. In any case, don't be put off when you start learning and find that it all looks too hard - most people find that MySQL is a bit of a struggle at first but becomes a lot easier once you start getting used to it.
General Information About MySQL
MySQL is open source software which uses the Structured Query Language (SQL). SQL is a common programming language used for getting information from and making changes to a database.
MySQL is a relational database, which means it stores data in separate tables rather than a single area. This makes it a very flexible and efficient system.
MySQL can be used in conjunction with many common programming languages such as C, C++, Perl, Java, PHP, Eiffel and Python. It can also be integrated with Microsoft applications and the .NET platform.