MySQL, the most popular Open Source SQL database management system, is developed, distributed, and supported by Oracle Corporation.
MySQL is currently the world's most popular and widely used open source
database technology and data storage system. MySQL offers great
ease of use. It is free, and comes with free
documentation as well as thousands of programmers that share their code
that relates to communicating with a MySQL databse.
You can think of a MySQL database as a container that holds
string(text based) data. Images, media files, audio files, and things of
that nature really should not be stored in a database. The trick is to
put those files on the server in folders and just reference their name
and path in the databse. Here are a few of the types of applications PHP
and MySQL can help you create: