Getting MySQL Working With PHP
February 20, 2008 Brian Kelly
This is the third in a series of four articles by Brian Kelley on PHP.
MySQL is a common open source SQL database management system. It is developed and distributed by MySQL AB, a company that builds its business by providing services around MySQL.
This relational database was first developed for Unix and Linux applications. It became popular when Internet Service Providers found out that MySQL was a relational database that could be offered free of charge to their Internet customers. The MySQL “product” could provide all the storage and retrieval functionality that a dynamic Web application needs.