What is MySQL?

By | October 6, 2021
What is MySQL

When we want to manage our database, we need software to manage all the data properly. One of the famous database management systems we have is, MySQL. There are many types of Database Management systems and relational database management system is one of those. MySQL id Relational Database Management system.

When we talk about the huge amount of data for that we require Database Management Systems to create and manage the database.


Here in this article, we have explained what is MySQL, but before that let have a look at what is a DBMS?

What is DBMS?

DBMS is an acronym of Database Management System, and it is a software used to create and manage data in a particular order. There are many types of Database Management System and all store data in different formats. The main purpose of a DBMS is to store and create data so the user can modify, retrieve and delete it.

As we can perform CRUD (Create Retrieve Update and Delete) operations on the database using DBMS, not only this these days a DBMS can provide a centralized view of data it can be accessed by the multiple users from multiple locations.

Types of DBMS

There are many types of Database Management systems but here we have provided the most famous ones.

  • Hierarchical DBMS
  • Relational DBMS
  • Network DBMS
  • Object-Oriented DBMS

What is MySQL?

MySQL which is also pronounced as My SEQUEL and it is a Relational Database Management System. It is basically a Structured Query language (SQL), a kind of software which is used to create and manage Database.

It is an open-source system so anyone can download it for free and use it, as now Oracle own MySQL they also provide some premium features.

As it is a Relational database management system, it stores data in a tabular form using row and column.

It is available for the various operating system and many high-level programming languages such as PHP, C++, JAVA, Python, support it.

MySQL History

MySQL is originally created by a Swedish company “MySQL AB”, later it is further developed by its co-founder Michael Widenius and David Axmark.

The first version of MySQL released on 23rd May 1995 but it was slow and base on a low-level language. With the initial release of MySQL, it was a private project used for personal usages.

In 2008 an American tech company formally known as Sun Microsystem bought MySQL and in 2010 they make it an open-source under the GNU General Public License.

Features of MySQL

  • Easy Management: It is a software which provides easy commands to manage the data in the database.
  • Transaction Property: It supports the ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability) Property.
  • Easy plugin: It can be easily plugged-in many other programming languages.
  • High Performance: It usually provides high performance and can work with a huge amount of data.
  • Open Source: It is an open-source system so anyone is free to download it.
  • Security: It provides high security over the data it stores.
  • Client-Server model: It can send data to different locations.

Data types of MySQL

MySQL supports many data types, which includes Integers, String, Boolean, etc.

  • Numeric Data Type
  • Character or string Data Type
  • BitString
  • Boolean
  • Data and Time
  • Timestamp

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