Structured Query Language (SQL) is a programming language which was designed for managing data held in RDBMS or for stream processing in RDSMS. It is an open source software where you can retrieve, insert, and play around with the data without much modifications. MySQL has seen crazy number of downloads since it was first released in 1995. The fact that it is easy to create and access, is what makes it the most popular kid on the block.

One can use MySQL for multiple purposes. From being used in HRMS, to holding school records, and to even making your business tax services easy, it is a real life saver. Tall promises? Here’s what you can do with it. Say, you have a café. You take in multiple data from the customer, for instance, Name, Address, Contact Number, Order, Date, Sales Price, not particularly in that order.

You want to generate a unique order number, every time? Done!

You want to figure out how many cappuccinos you sold in a day? Done!

You want to see what products were sold on a particular date? Done!

You want to connect it to your inventory, which will tell you when you need to re-order coffee beans? Done!

Well, the list and options and opportunities are endless. You can try any permutation and combination. From Yahoo to Craiglist, everyone is using MySQL! What makes it a better choice is the security it offers. It comes with solid layers which protect sensitive data. You can add credentials to access the data. And it will, almost never, crash. MySQL can take up any amount of data and can run on absolutely quite a few OS.

More than one person can update the data at the same time. The changes will be reflected, without the scare of losing data. It supports multiple interfaces for developing it, like ODBC, JDBC and you can script it in various languages too, like PHP or Perl. The benefits are limitless.

So, if you were going in for a website revamping or a new software, then MySQL is great. What about your SQL?