The previous chapter explained the basics of the database design process and this chapter provides a primer on the core SQL syntax, which you will use to create and manipulate your MySQL database tables. This is a hands-on chapter, and it assumes that you are able to issue queries through the MySQL monitor on Windows or Linux/UNIX. Alternatively, if you use a GUI to MySQL, this chapter assumes you know the methods for issuing queries through those interfaces. Please note, this may not be the most exciting chapter in the book, but it will show you many functional examples of elements you’ll use throughout the rest of your work.
In this chapter, you will learn
The basic MySQL data types
How to use the