What is MySQL?MySQL is a database. The data in MySQL is stored in database objects called tables.
A table is a collections of related data entries and it consists of columns and rows.
Databases are useful when storing information categorically. A company may have a database with the following tables: "Employees", "Products", "Customers" and "Orders".
Database TablesA database most often contains one or more tables. Each table is identified by a name (e.g. "Customers" or "Orders"). Tables contain records (rows) with data.
Below is an example of a table called "Persons":
The table above contains three records (one for each person) and four columns (LastName, FirstName, Address, and City).
QueriesA query is a question or a request.
With MySQL, we can query a database for specific information and have a recordset returned.
Look at the following query:
SELECT LastName FROM Persons
The query above selects all the data in the "LastName" column from the "Persons" table, and will return a recordset like this: