MySQL is a database management system
A database is a structured collection of data. It may be anything from a simple shopping list to a picture gallery or the vast amounts of information in a corporate network. To add, access, and process data stored in a computer database, you need a database management system such as MySQL Server.
MySQL is a relational database management system
A relational database stores data in separate tables rather than putting all the data in one big storeroom. This adds speed and flexibility. SQL is the most common standardized language used to access databases and is defined by the ANSI/ISO SQL Standard. The SQL standard has been evolving since 1986 and several versions exist. In this manual, “SQL-92” refers to the standard released in 1992, “SQL:1999” refers to the standard released in 1999, and “SQL:2003” refers to the current version of the standard. We use the phrase “the SQL standard” to mean the current version of the SQL Standard at any time.
MySQL Software is Open Source
Open Source means that it is possible for anyone to use and modify the software. Anybody can download the MySQL software from the Internet and use it without paying anything. If you wish, you may study the source code and change it to suit your needs.
They started out with the intention of using the mSQL database system to connect to our tables using our own fast low-level (ISAM) routines. However, after some testing, we came to the conclusion that mSQL was not fast enough or flexible enough for our needs. This resulted in a new SQL interface to our database but with almost the same API interface as mSQL.
MySQL is named after co-founder Monty Widenius's daughter, My.
The name of the MySQL Dolphin (our logo) is “Sakila,” which was chosen from a huge list of names suggested by users in our “Name the Dolphin” contest. The winning name was submitted by Ambrose Twebaze, an Open Source software developer from Swaziland, Africa. According to Ambrose, the feminine name Sakila has its roots in SiSwati, the local language of Swaziland. Sakila is also the name of a town in Arusha, Tanzania, near Ambrose's country of origin, Uganda.
Why companies are preferring MySQL ?
Before MySQL doesn't supported stored procedures, functions, triggers, views, subqueries and partitioning. But now they are supported. Small and middle level companies are relied on MySQL because it is opensource. Supports replication and clustering for High Availability.
The MySQL database system operates using a client/server architecture. The server is a central program that manages database contents, and client programs connect to the server to retrieve or modify the data. MySQL also includes non-client utility programs and scripts.
MySQL Server: This is the mysqld program that manages database and tables. Most users choose binary MySQL distribution that includes a server ready to run with the capabilities they need, but it's also possible to compile MySQL from source.
Client Programs: These are programs that communicate with the server by sending requests to it over a network connection. The server acts on each request and returns a response to the client. For example you can use the mysql client to send queries to the server, and the server returns the query results. A client program can connect locally to a server running on the same machine or remotely to a server running on a different machine.
Non-client utility programs: These are programs that generally used for special purposes and do not acts as clients of the server. They do not connect to the server, for example mysqld_safe is a script for starting and stopping the server. Myisamchk is a standalone utility for table check and repair.
This is where the client interact with the RDBMS. This layer is used by three users:
i) Administrative Interface and Utilities
This layer is used by Administrator. This includes utilities such as mysqladmin, myisamchk, mysqldump etc.
ii) Client Interface and Utilities
This layer is used by the clients to communicate with RBDMS. The client interface uses MySQL APIs for various different programming languages such as the PHP API, Java API, etc.
iii) Query Interface
All ths DML statements that are sent from the application layer are parsed and optimized in the query processor.
It is again sub-divided into following layers:
i) embedded DML precompiler
When a request is received from a client in the application layer, it is the responsibility of the embedded DML (Data Manipulation Language) precompiler to extract the relevant SQL statements embedded in the client API commands, or to translate the client commands into the corresponding SQL statements.
ii) DDL Compiler
iii) Query Preprocessor
If the query syntax is right then it is sent to the next pipe . Else it inform to the client with an a error message.
v) Execution Engine
MySQL Transaction Management
i) Transaction Manager
A transaction is a single unit of work that has one or more MySQL commands in it. The transaction manager is responsible for making sure that the transaction is logged and executed atomically. And also prevents from deadlocks. Furthermore, the transaction manager is responsible for issuing the COMMIT and the ROLLBACK SQL commands. The COMMIT command commits to performing a transaction. Thus, a transaction is incomplete until it is committed to. The ROLLBACK command is used when a crash occurs during the execution of a transaction. If a transaction were left incomplete, the ROLLBACK command would undo all changes made by that transaction. The result of executing this command is restoring the database to its last stable state.
ii) Concurrency- Control Manager
The concurrency-control manager is responsible for making sure that transactions are executed separately and independently. It does so by acquiring locks. Once the lock is acquired, only the operations in one transaction can manipulate the data. If a different transaction tries to manipulate the same locked data, the concurrency-control manager rejects the request until the first transaction is complete .
iii) Log Manager
The log manager is responsible for logging every operation executed in the database. It does so by storing the log on disk through the buffer manager. The operations in the log are stored as MySQL commands. Thus, in the case of a system crash, executing every command in the log will bring back the database to its last stable state.
iv) Recovery Manager
The recovery manager is responsible for restoring the database to its last stable state. It does so by using the log for the database, which is acquired from the buffer manager, and executing each operation in the log. Since the log manager logs all operations performed on the database, executing each command in the log file would recover the database to its last stable state.
Storage is physically done on some type of secondary storage, however dynamic access of this medium is not practical. Thus, all work is done through a number of buffers. The buffers reside in main and virtual memory and are managed by a Buffer Manager.
i) Resource Manager
The purpose of the Resource Manager is to accept requests from the execution engine, put them into table requests, and request the tables from the Buffer Manager. The Resource Manager receives references to data within memory from the Buffer Manager and returns this data to the upper layers.
ii) Buffer Manager
The role of the Buffer Manager is to allocate memory resources for the use of viewing and manipulating data. The Buffer Manager takes in formatted requests and decides how much memory to allocate per buffer and how many buffers to allocate per request. All requests are made from the Resource Manager.
(key_buffer, sort_buffer, myisam_sort_buffer)
iii) Storage Manager
The storage manager acts as a mediator to send request between buffer manager and secondary storage.
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