A relatively recent entrant into the area of relational database management systems, MySQL has introduced millions of everyday computer users and amateur researchers to the world of powerful information systems. Now it's the backbone of web applications that we use everyday in the most casual manner: we'll visit an online shopping site, see what's in stock, place an order, and then track the order until our goods are delivered--with no intervention from the site's staff--all owing to the workings of MySQL. As Seyed M.M. "Saied" Tahaghoghi and Hugh E. Williams, authors of Learning MySQL, observe, the Web has inspired a new generation of database use, and MySQL is at its heart.
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