What is MySQL
To generally define, MySQL is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS) with a client-server model. RDBMS is a software or service used to create and manage databases based on a relational model. MySQL is a free-to-use, open-source database that facilitates effective management of databases by connecting them to the software. It is a stable, reliable, and powerful solution with advanced features.
The MySQL software is made up of several different tools and programs that help in the management of the databases that make up your website. From your dashboard, you can edit and amend the backend data of your website. Users that opt for fully managed MySQL hosting will benefit from an optimized service, an expert service team, and plug-in support.
Why You Need MySQL
Data Security- MySQL is globally renowned for being the most secure and reliable database management system used in popular web applications like WordPress, Facebook, etc. The data security and support for transactional processing accompanying the updated version of MySQL can greatly benefit any business, especially if it is an eCommerce business involving frequent money transfers.
You also have the flexibility to add your own custom-made security to the options to the platform. It also supports encryption and secure connections as standard.
Database- MySQL primarily acts as a database for the information on your website. It’s important that your applications can retrieve these data as fast as possible because the faster data is retrieved, the more efficient your site will be. This is particularly true with dynamic content and forms on your website where users need to enter information. MySQL acts as an efficient store and transfer of this data.
High Performance- MySQL uses a unique engine storage framework. MySQL is designed to meet even the most demanding applications while ensuring optimum speed, full-text indexes, and unique memory caches for enhanced performance.
Whether you run an eCommerce website or a simple word press site, MySQL is designed to handle thousands of requests from site visitors and retrieve data from your database very quickly without any noticeable drop in performance.
Workflow Control- Irrespective of the platform you want to use MySQL on, it works because it is a comprehensive solution with self-management features that automate everything from space expansion and configuration to data design and database administration. MySQL can also be used from the first day as download and installation times are not more than 30 minutes.
MySQL Is Open Source- Apart from the fact MySQL can be freely downloaded, its 24/7 support and enterprise indemnification has helped to put to rest all the fears and issues that may arise from it being open-source. The fact that it’s open-source also means it can be modified or changed in any way you’d like. If you’ve got the developer skills you can modify them to meet very specific needs.
Key Features of MySQL
Like almost all other database systems, MySQL is a relational database system and the following includes some of the important features of MySQL so that as a prospective user, you can know what you expect.
- Descending Indexes- Before MySQL 8.0, when DESC was used in an index definition, this flag was ignored. This is not the case anymore! Now the key values are stored in descending order. Previously, indexes could be scanned in reverse order but at a performance penalty. A descending index can be scanned in forwarding order, which is more efficient.
- Full-text search- This feature simplifies and accelerates the search for words that are located within a text field. You can use full-text search to implement an efficient search function If you employ MySQL for storing text.
- GIS Compatibility- In earlier versions, MySQL has supported the storing and processing of two-dimensional geographical data and in recent versions, it has been extended a lot to match and exceed the GIS feature set of PostgreSQL. Some examples include-
- geographic coordinate system wrap around
- geographic axes are not orthogonal
- geographic axes order matters
- relevance of axis direction
- Client-Server Architecture- MySQL is a client-server system. There is a database server (MySQL) and arbitrarily many clients (application programs), which communicate with the server; that is, the query data, save changes, etc. The clients can run on the same computer as the server or another computer (communication via a local network or the Internet).
- Common Table Expressions- CTEs also known as WITH queries have also been added as an important feature of the updated version of MySQL. A CTE is a named temporary result set that exists within the scope of a single statement and that can be referred to later within that statement, recursively or not.
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