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Chapter 20. PHP and MySQL > Working with MySQL

Working with MySQL

Now that you have a basic introduction to PHP, let's take a look at MySQL, a very popular relational database management system that is often combined with PHP to create database-driven Web sites. Using either the MySQL command interface or one of the popular GUI interfaces such as phpMyAdmin, you can easily create databases and add, update, and remove tables. The following section describes some of the common processes you will encounter when creating a database for your dynamic Web application.

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At this point, you'll need to have MySQL installed on your local workstation and configured for use. If you have any trouble installing or configuring MySQL, check out the MySQL manual at http://dev.mysql.com/doc/mysql/en/index.html. Be sure to download the most recent, stable version of the software.

In addition, if you want to use a GUI interface for MySQL, rather than the command-line interface, download and install phpMyAdmin from http://www.phpmyadmin.net.



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