Updated: 04/30/2020 by Computer Hope
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Introduced on May 23, 1995, MySQL is an open-source RDBMS (relational database management system). MySQL is widely used and a top alternative to other SQL (Structured Query Language) solutions for many reasons. First of all, it is known for being easy to use and scalable, which makes it popular amongst small and large organizations. It supports several programming languages, including Java, PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor), and Python, and runs on all three major operating systems (Windows, Linux, and macOS). Also, MySQL has strong security features, including user authentication, support for SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption, firewalls, and access control systems.

Where is MySQL used?

  • Analytics - MySQL can store and analyze big data, making it a popular choice for business intelligence and data warehousing.
  • Web applications - MySQL is commonly used as the database for web applications like blogs and e-commerce sites.
  • CMS (content management systems) - Platforms like WordPress use MySQL to store and manage site content.
  • Online gaming - MySQL can hold player data (e.g., items in their character's inventory) and game statistics for games like MMORPGs.
  • Mobile apps - MySQL can store and manage user data in certain programs used on mobile devices.
  • ERP (enterprise resource planning) - MySQL is used in many ERP systems to store and manage business data like inventory, sales, and financial information.

How to pronounce MySQL

The official MySQL page states that the official way to pronounce "MySQL" is "My Ess Que Ehl."

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