Overview of MySQL

This chapter provides an overview of MySQL. The chapter proceeds under the following captions:

  • Introduction to MySQL
  • Main Features of MySQL
  • Main Components of MySQL
  • Shortcomings of MySQL
  • Summary and Concluding Remarks

19.1 Introduction to MySQL

MySQL has become the most popular open source DBMS and the fastest growing DBMS in the industry. The product is an attractive alternative to higher-cost, more complex DBMS suites. Its award-winning speed, scalability and reliability, combined with the fact that it is free, are some of the reasons for the product’s increasing popularity. The current production release series ...

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