What are the possibilities and limitations of MySQL? The following MySQL tutorial attempts to answer that basic question and more. Excerpted from The Definitive Guide to MySQL 5 -- a book by Michael Kofler designed to help you master MySQL configuration, administration, database design and application development -- Chapter 1, 'What is MySQL?" helps you know how and when to license and implement MySQL.
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What is MySQL?
Part 1: Database glossary
Part 2: MySQL features
Part 3: MySQL limitations
Part 4: MySQL version numbers
Part 5: MySQL licensing
Part 6: MySQL version names
Part 7: MySQL alternatives
About the author: Michael Kofler holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Graz Technical University. He has written a number of successful computer books on topics such as Visual Basic, Visual Basic .NET, and Linux. Michael is the author of The Definitive Guide to MySQL 5, Third Edition and Definitive Guide to Excel VBA, Second Edition from Apress.