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MySQL, Second Edition: Visual Quickstart Guide by Larry Ullman

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1. Installing MySQL

Obviously the first thing you’ll need to do to begin using MySQL is install the software. But because MySQL is an open-source database application, you have more options when it comes to installation than you would with a commercial application. These choices range from the very simple execution of an installer to customizing and compiling your own installation using MySQL’s source files (the actual code MySQL is written in).

In this chapter I will cover basic installation on the Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems. These three platforms cover a large portion of the MySQL audience, but the database is available on many other platforms as well. Between the Windows binary and the Linux source installation instructions, ...

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