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    Is MySQL this?

    Ok, I'm still trying to get my head around MySQL as I was told I should use it in a post I made a while ago.

    So MySQL is a relational database management system.
    Does it create it's own databases or does it just manage connections?

    I'm so confused.
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    MySQL is a database system yes. What you do is supply it with the necessary commands to create a database with it, tables, fields, run queries against the databases, etc. You can read more about it in the reference manual:

    http://www.mysql.com/documentation/mysql/bychapter/
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    Thanks Spooks!
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    Well, I read the introduction and I'm still not sure.

    TO me mySQL appears to just manage connections to an existing database. Is this right?
    Is it just better than ado?
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    MySQL is a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) (although not a true one). It is not an interface to some other database. It creates database and manages those databases. Server side languages such as PHP and Perl create interfaces to connect to MySQL which is designed to manage commands sent to it.
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    Ok, I get it now!
    Sorry for any trouble I may have caused, I'm a little dim at times.
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