Introduction

Welcome to MySQL Tutorial. This book is a fast-paced tutorial to get you up to speed with MySQL quickly. It covers MySQL both from an end user's perspective and from an administrator's perspective.

In this introduction, we will review the following:

• Why use MySQL?

• Why MySQL instead of another database?

• What's different in MySQL 4.0 and 4.1?

• What features are still to come in future versions?

• Who should read this book?

• How this book works

• A note on MySQL licensing

Why Use MySQL?

MySQL is an excellent database server product. There are many reasons you should consider using MySQL for your database server.

MySQL is fast and stable. This is the key to its success. In February 2002, eWeek (www.eweek.com ...

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