Getting started with MySQL

The following are examples of how to get started on a database of registrations, called registrations.

Creating a new database

mysqladmin -u root -p create registrations

Logging into MySQL as root

mysql -u root -p

Creating a user for your new database

grant all privileges on registrations.* to 'registrations'@'localhost' identified by 'somepassword';
flush privileges;

Show all databases

show databases;

Opening your database

use registrations;

Showing database's tables

show tables;

Creating your first table

CREATE TABLE registrations (
  id int(11) NOT NULL auto_increment,
  name varchar(255),
  email varchar(255),
  address text, 

Showing the structure of this table

DESC registrations;

Removing this table if you want to start again

DROP TABLE registrations;

Inserting data into this table

INSERT INTO registrations SET name='Andrew McDonough', email='', address='1 High Street';

Getting data out of the table

SELECT * FROM registrations;
SELECT id,name FROM registrations;
SELECT id,name FROM registrations where id=1;
SELECT  * FROM registrations where name like '%ndrew%';

Useful field types

  • int(11) - Integer (1,2,3…)
  • varchar(255) - String up to 255 characters
  • text - String of unlimited length
  • date - Date
  • datetime - Date and time
  • enum('Yes','No') - Enumeration only allowing the values Yes and No

Connecting to MySQL from PHP

Creating a database handle

To connect to MySQL from PHP, you will need to connect to the database and get a database handle. I tend to assign this to the variable $dbh

$dbh = @mysql_pconnect(DB_HOST, DB_USER, DB_PASS);

Opening the database


Inserting a record into the database

$query = "INSERT INTO registrations SET name='Andrew', email='', address='1 South Street'";
$result = @mysql_query($query,$dbh);

Fetching a record from the database

$query = "SELECT * FROM registrations WHERE id='1'";
$result = @mysql_query($query,$dbh);
$record = @mysql_fetch_array($result); 

Fetching all query results into an associative array

$query = "SELECT * FROM registrations";
$result = array();
getting_started_with_mysql.txt · Last modified: 2009/05/11 09:25 by andrew
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