The database has become an integral part of almost every human’s life. Without it, many things we do would become very tedious, perhaps impossible tasks. Banks, universities, and libraries are three examples of organizations that depend heavily on some sort of database system. On the Internet, search engines, online shopping, and even the website naming convention (http://www…) would be impossible without the use of a database. A database that is implemented and interfaced on a computer is often termed a database server.

MySQL is the world’s most popular open-source database server which delivers a very fast, multi-threaded, multi-user, and robust SQL (Structured Query Language) database server. First released in January 1998, MySQL is introduced by company MySQL AB. MySQL AB is a commercial company, founded by the MySQL developers. MySQL AB was originally established in Sweden by David Axmark, Allan Larsson, and Michael “Monty” Widenius. On 26 February 2008 Sun Microsystems, Inc( a well-known company developed Java). acquired MySQL AB, the company behind MySQL, the world’s most popular open source database. Now MySQL is a subsidiary of Sun Microsystems, which holds the copyright to most of the codebase.

MySQL is very popular because MySQL run across every major operating system – Linux, Windows, Solaris and the Mac; and every major system platform, from IBM, Intel, AMD, Dell, Sun and HP; and provides application program interfaces (APIs) for all major programming languages, including C, C++, Eiffel, Java, Perl, PHP, Python, and Tcl. MySQL is used in a wide range of applications, including Embedded Applications, Telecom, Service Providers, Retail, data warehousing, e-commerce, Web databases, logging applications and distributed applications. MySQL has been criticized in the past for not supporting all the features of other popular and more expensive DataBase Management Systems. However, MySQL continues to improve with each release (currently version 5), and it has become widely popular with individuals and businesses of many different sizes.

One of the fastest SQL (Structured Query Language) database servers currently on the market is the MySQL server, developed by T.c.X. DataKonsultAB. MySQL, available for download at, offers the database programmer with an array of options and capabilities rarely seen in other database servers. What’s more, MySQL is free of charge for those wishing to use it for private and commercial use. Those wishing to develop applications specifically using MySQL should consult MySQL’s licensing section, as there is a charge for licensing the product. These capabilities range across a number of topics, including the following:

Ability to handle an unlimited number of simultaneous users.
Capacity to handle 50,000,000+ records.
Very fast command execution, perhaps the fastest to be found on the market.
Easy and efficient user privilege system.