MySQL Basics

MySQL is an open-source database which runs on variety of platforms including Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. It's open source architecture and availability under a General Public License makes it an attractive option compared to more expensive commericial applications.

MySQL offers a variety of features, including:

  • mutiple storage engines
  • advanced permissions and security, including SSL support
  • query caching for enhanced performance
  • full text indexing and searching

The open source architecture and reliability of MySQL has made it an attractive choice for low-cost web hosts. It is typically a standard option for many hosing companies.

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