MySQL

MySQL is a database management system of relational database, is a multithreading and multi-user with more than six million installations. MySQL AB since January 2008 a subsidiary of Sun Microsystems and this in turn Oracle Corporation since April 2009 MySQL as free software develops a dual licensing scheme.

On the one hand is offered under the GNU GPL for any purpose consistent with this license, but for companies that want to incorporate it into proprietary products the company should buy a specific license that allows them to this use. It developed mostly in ANSI C.

On contrary to projects like Apache, where software is developed by a public community and code copyrights are held by the individual author, MySQL is sponsored by a private company, which owns the copyright of most of the code.

This is what allows the licensing scheme mentioned above. Besides selling proprietary licenses, the company provides support and services. They hire workers for all operations around the world who collaborate via the Internet. MySQL AB was founded by David Axmark, Allan Larsson and Michael Widenius.

SQL (“Structured Query Language”) was first marketed in 1981 by IBM, which was submitted to ANSI and has since been regarded as a standard for relational databases. Since 1986, the SQL standard has appeared in different versions such as: SQL:92, SQL:99, SQL:2003. MySQL is an original idea of opensource MySQL AB company initially established in Sweden in 1995 and whose founders are David Axmark, Allan Larsson and Michael “Monty” Widenius. The objective of this company is that MySQL meets the SQL standard, but without sacrificing speed, reliability and usability.

Michael “Monty” Widenius in the 1990s tried to use mSQL to connect the tables using low-level ISAM routines, but mSQL was not fast and flexible to your needs. This led him to create an application programming interface called MySQL to SQL databases very similar to mSQL but more portable.

The name comes from the combination My, daughter Widenius, with the acronym SQL (as documented in the last version in English). Moreover, the database directory and many libraries used by the developers had the prefix My.

The name of the MySQL dolphin is Sakila and was selected by the founders of MySQL AB in the contest Name the Dolphin. This name was submitted by Ambrose Twebaze, a developer of open source software African language derived SiSwati, the local language of Swaziland and is the name of a town in Arusha, Tanzania, Uganda near the town of Ambrose origin.

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