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What is MySQL
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MySQL is Open Source Software Open source means that it´s possible to use and modify for anyone. Anybody can download MySQL from the Internet and use it without paying anything. Anybody so inclined can study the source code and change it to fit their needs. MySQL uses the GPL (GNU General Public License) http://www.gnu.org, to define what you may and may not do with the software in different situations. If you feel uncomfortable with the GPL or need to embed MySQL into a commercial application you can buy a commercially licensed version from us.
a very fast, multi-threaded, multi-user and robust SQL (Structured
Query Language) database server.
The MySQL is free software. It is licensed with the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE http://www.gnu.org/. See section 3 MySQL licensing and support. The MySQL home page provides the latest information about MySQL.
For a tutorial introduction to MySQL, see section 9 MySQL Tutorial.
For examples of SQL and benchmarking information, see the benchmarking directory 'sql-bench' in the distribution).
For a history of new features and bug fixes, see section E MySQL change history.
For a list of currently known bugs and misfeatures, see section F Known errors and design deficiencies in MySQL.
For future plans, see section G List of things we want to add to MySQL in the future (The TODO).
Apart from the following links, you can find and download a lot of MySQL programs, tools and APIs from the Contrib directory.
http://www.analysisandsolutions.com/code/mybasic.htm Beginners MySQL Tutorial on how to install and set up MySQL on a Windows machine.
Perl related links MySQL discussion forums
Commercial applications that support MySQL
StWeb StWeb - Stratos Web and Application server - an easy-to-use, cross platform, Internet/Intranet development and deployment system for development of web-enabled applications. The standard version of StWeb has a native interface to MySQL database.
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Using MySQL with other programs
Other MySQL and SQL resources
http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/tutorials/1046/1/ - Setting up a MySQL based Web site.
http://www.faqts.com/knowledge-base/index.phtml/fid/52/ - MySQL Facts; common problems, connectivity, errors, general information, language and syntax, tricks and tips.
http://www.iserver.com/support/addonhelp/database/mysql/odbc/ - Installing and Using MySQL ODBC Drivers, Importing and exporting MS Access Database to MySQL.
http://homepages.go.com/~chlee1h/sql.html - an SQL Tutorial.
http://w3.one.net/~jhoffman/sqltut.htm - An Introduction to Structured Query Language.
http://www.sqlcourse.com/intro.html - SQL Intrepretor and DataBase.