Introduction to MySQL Databases


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The MySQL training course targets new or existing users of MySQL with some experience with relational database management systems. The MySQL course covers several essential elements of MySQL and general database theories.

  1. MySQL Programs and Executables
    1. MySQL Programs and Executables
    2. Common Options to Commands
    3. Specifying Options
    4. Options on the Command Line
    5. my_print_defaults: Display options from files
    6. perror: Explain Error Codes
  2. User Interfaces MySQL
    1. Overview of User Interfaces
    2. Establishing a Connection
    3. MySQL Query Browser
      1. Keyboard Shortcuts
      2. Main Query Window
      3. Query Toolbar
      4. Result Area
      5. Advanced Toolbar
      6. SQL Commands with Mouse Clicks
      7. History and Bookmarks for SQL Commands
      8. Using Scripts: Executing Several Commands
      9. MySQL Help - Information Browser
      10. Object Browser
      11. The Script Editor
      12. Changing Data in SELECT Results
      13. Stored Procedures
    4. MySQL Administrator
    5. MySQL Migration Toolkit
      1. A Brief Overview of the Migration Process
    6. phpMyAdmin
  3. MySQL Monitor
    1. Using MySQL Monitor (SQL Command Interpreter)
    2. Some Useful Options
    3. Formatting and Output Options
    4. Commands for Interactive Mode
    5. Executing a Script from the Monitor
    6. Using the mysql Command to run a Script
    7. See Database Status
  4. Designing Databases
    1. Relational Database Concepts
      1. Brief History of SQL
      2. Relational Database Management System
      3. Popular Databases
      4. Tables
      5. Rows
      6. Columns
      7. Relationships
      8. Datatypes
      9. Primary Keys
      10. Foreign Keys
      11. Valid Object References
      12. SQL Statements
    2. Database Design Principles
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    4. Basic Modeling Process: Creating a Data Model
      1. Logical versus Physical Model
      2. The Entity-Relationship Model
      3. Entities And Entity Sets
      4. Attributes
      5. Relationships
      6. Relationship Types
      7. Graphical Representation of a Model
      8. Physical Model: Mapping The ER Model To A Relational Database
    5. Database Normalization
      1. First Normal Form
      2. Warning: Abnormal Normal Form!
      3. Second Normal Form
      4. Third Normal From
  5. Creating Databases and Components
    1. Creating Databases
      1. Deleting Databases
    2. Creating Tables
      1. Dropping Tables
      2. Defining Table Types
      3. Altering Existing Table Structures
      4. Add a column
      5. Renaming Tables
      6. Temporary Tables
    3. Creating Column Definitions
    4. Data Types in MySQL
      1. Numeric Data Types
      2. String Data Types
      3. Character Set Fundamentals
      4. Set Types
      5. Date/Time Data Types
      6. Options and Attributes
    5. Constraints
      1. NOT NULL Constraint: Defining a Column's Nullability
      2. UNIQUE Constraint
      3. PRIMARY KEY Constraint: Defining a Master Key
      4. Defining Auto-Increment Columns
      5. Referential Integrity Constraints: Defining Foreign Keys
      6. Constraint Checking on a Transaction
      7. Deferred Checking
      8. Defining Default Values
    6. Managing Indexes
      1. Defining Indexes when Creating Tables
      2. CREATE INDEX Statement
      3. Full-Text Indexes
      4. Deleting Indexes
  6. Identifiers in MySQL
    1. Identifiers in MySQL
      1. Identifier Names
    2. Schema Object Names
      1. Using Double Quotes
      2. Using Quote Within Names
      3. Using Digits
    3. Some Restrictions
    4. Identifier Qualifiers
    5. Mapping of Identifiers to Filenames
    6. Identifier Case Sensitivity
      1. lower_case_table_names Setting
      2. Avoiding Data Transfer Problems
  7. Show Database Information
    1. SHOW and DESCRIBE Statements
      1. Using Table-Related SHOW Statements
      2. Using DESCRIBE Statement
      1. Showing Databases
  8. MySQL Table Types
    1. MySQL Table Types (Storage Engines)
    2. Setting/Changing Engine
    3. MyISAM Tables
      1. Full-Text Search on MyISAM Tables
      2. Creating a Full-Text Index
      3. Using Full-Text Search
    4. InnoDB Tables
      1. InnoDB - Limitations and Drawbacks
      2. InnoDB Disk Management
      3. Preventing Problems
      4. Moving Files
    5. FOREIGN KEY Constraints in InnoDB
      1. Checking Foreign Keys
    6. Choosing - MyISAM or InnoDB?
    7. HEAP or MEMORY Tables
    8. Temporary Tables
    9. MERGE Tables
    10. Other Table Types
      1. ARCHIVE or Compressed Tables (since MySQL 4.1)
      2. CSV Type Tables(since MySQL 4.1)
      3. NDB or Cluster Tables (since MySQL 4.1)
      4. FEDERATED or External Tables (since MySQL 5.0)
      5. BDB Tables
    11. Table Files Storage

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