Learn All About MySQL

Sep - 11

Learn All About MySQL

What is MySQL?

MySQL is an open source relational database management system. The name MySQL is formed from two words “MY” relating to the Co-founder and “SQL” standing for Structured Query Language. It is owned by a company in Sweden now under Oracle Corporation. It has several editions available that offers additional functionality. It is used in several databases including MODx, TYPO3, Joomia, phpBB, MyBB+, and Drupal. It is also used in many large scale websites, high profile websites including Google, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flicker.

It is both used in C and C++. It is used in many systems including BSDi, AIX, i5/Os, and eComStations, HP-UX, FreeBSD, Novell NetWare, NetBSD, Windows, OS/2, OpenSolaris, OpenBSD, SunOS, Oracle Solaris and QNX. It is also used in client libraries that utilize dual-licensing distribution under GPL version 2. It has manual support system and free support is available in multiple IRC forums and channels. There is paid support services offered by oracle through MySQL enterprise products. The products differ in price and scope of services. There is a third party that is available to provide you with services and support example Percona and MariaDB. It has received many positive reviews as it is extremely well functional in the average case. It has very good developer interfaces. It is a fast multi user and stable data base server.


It was developed MySQL AB a Sweden based company. It was founded by Allan Larson David Axmark and Micheal “Monty” Widenius. It was originally developed in 1994 by Widenius and Axmark. The first version was released in 23rd May 1995 and was created for personal usage. It was based on a low level language known as ISAM that was slow and rigid. They continued to develop a new SQL interface using the same API termed as mSQL. Keeping API consistent in the mSQL made developers use MySQL instead of the recommended mSQL.


  • It has a broad ANSI SQL 99 subset and other extensions.
  • It has a cross platform support.
  • It has stored procedures that use a language that is similar to SQL/PSM.
  • It has an online DDL when configured using the innoDB storage engine
  • It has information schema.
  • Its performance schema aggregates and collects statistics about the server query performance and execution for monitoring functions.
  • It has SQL mode options that control run time behavior and ensures there is strict adherence of SQL standard.
  • It has X/Open XA distributed transaction processing and two faces commit that use InnoDB storage engine.
  • It has an embedded data base library.
  • It has a full text searching and indexing.
  • It has a Unicode support.

Advantages of MySQL

  • It is a reliable and secure data base management used worldwide in popular websites like twitter, Facebook, Joomla, Drupal and WordPress.
  • It has on demand scalability that has unmatched better management of popularly embedded apps.
  • It has a high performance as it uses a distinct unique storage engine frame work.
  • It is comprehensive and offers a wide transactional support.
  • It is flexible with an open source.


MySQL is efficient and comes with added advantages. It is advanced and more flexible compared to mSQL. It is widely used by well established websites that are well known worldwide for its satisfactory services.