Database is a collection of records stored
in a computer in a systematic way, so that a computer program can consult it to answer
questions. For better retrieval and sorting, each record is usually organized as a set
of data elements (facts). The items retrieved in answer to queries become information
that can be used to make decisions.
The MySQL® database has become the world's most popular open source database because
of its consistent fast performance, high reliability and ease of use.
It's used in more than 10 million installations ranging from large corporations to
specialized embedded applications on every continent in the world.
(Yes, even Antarctica!)
Not only is MySQL the world's most popular open source database, it's also become the
database of choice for a new generation of applications built on the LAMP stack
(Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP / Perl / Python.) MySQL runs on more than 20 platforms
including Linux, Windows, OS/X, HP-UX, AIX, Netware, giving you the kind of
flexibility that puts you in control.
PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a reflective programming language originally designed
for producing dynamic Web pages. PHP is used mainly in server-side application software,
but can be used from a command line interface or in standalone graphical applications.
PHP competes with Visual Basic and C++ as the third most popular programming language
behind Java and C, based on world wide availability of practitioners, courses and vendors.
Available under the PHP License, PHP is an open source language and is considered to be
free software by the Free Software Foundation.