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Today, Vikram shows us the basics of a database and are introduced to concepts like Database Management Systems and Relational Database Management Systems. We are also given a thorough overview of MySQL and its features. This excerpt comes from chapter one of MySQL: The Complete Reference, by Vikram Vaswani (McGraw-Hill/Osborne, ISBN 0-07-222477-0, 2004).

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. Introduction to Databases
  2. The Big Picture
  3. Database Management Systems
  4. The Challenge
  5. ...And the Little Database that Could
  6. History and Evolution
  7. Features
  8. More Features
  9. Even More Features
  10. Applications
  11. Summary
By: McGraw-Hill/Osborne
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February 23, 2004

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This chapter provided a gentle introduction into the world of MySQL, setting the stage with a description of how databases work, and then proceeding to an overview of the MySQL relational database management system. It offered insight into MySQLs history and evolution, identified the core features that have made MySQL popular with developers all over the world, and discussed some of MySQLs most common applications.

Now that you know a little bit about MySQL, its time to drill down to the next level of detail. The next chapter provides a more technical overview of MySQL, discussing the MySQL architecture and the important features of the MySQL database engine.

Remember: this is chapter one of MySQL: The Complete Reference, by Vikram Vaswani (McGraw-Hill/Osborne, ISBN 0-07-222477-0, 2004). Vikram is the founder of Melonfire, and has had numerous articles featured on Dev Shed.
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