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PHP and MySQL by Example by Marko Gargenta, Ellie Quigley

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Chapter 13Introduction to MySQL

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13.1 About Databases

Whether you are running a bank, a hospital, a gas station, or a Web store, good record keeping and organized data are crucial to the success of any business. One way to store data might be in a text file, but as the amount of data increases, a database might be a better choice for storing and managing your data. Different types of databases determine what kind of structure will be used to store and retrieve the data. The most basic type uses a flat file structure, storing the data in a big table, but this type is difficult to modify and really best suited for simple applications. ...

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