Web development is an interesting field. There are plenty of intriguing things to learn, therefore, better career opportunities as well. Like in any other field of study, certain concepts are supporting others. You need to learn one to make use of another.
Why is a Website Database Required?
A website database is a storage for all the important elements like blog posts, tags, comments, and categories. Basically, you need a backup for whatever the website is displaying.
The MySQL RDBMS
The MySQL relational database management system (RDBMS) is only one of the many RDBMSs used for websites. There are different ways to how developers can organize data in a database. These different methods are known as database models. MySQL uses the relational model, which is most common or popular database model and is also used by PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle. Another model is document storage, such as MongoDB and many NoSQL solutions, where data isn’t stored in referential tables, but rather all data pertaining to a specific record is stored in a single document. NoSQL is actually a misnomer and does not mean there is no SQL, many refer to no SQL as “Not Only SQL”. While NoSQL solutions are on the rise, RDBMS are here to stay for the foreseeable future.
Why Learn Using MySQL for Websites?
If developers are not using a database, then they are saving the website database as text files. For example, comma-separated files or CSVs. This is a good technique but not effective your website is rapidly growing. Searching a large text file can’t only become tedious in terms of time and speed but has the risk of becoming corrupt.
For more effective database solutions, developers are more inclined to use a database. Here is why a student of web designing should learn to use MySQL with websites:
With the time, a website is likely to grow. For example, consider a membership-based website. Over time, the number of members joining will keep increasing. With MySQL, you will only have to add a key of email address to the member records in the database. This will allow you to retrieve the data of any member any time regardless of millions of them in the database. It is quicker than using a CSV.
A highly active website can’t compromise on the reliability of its database. With large text files, websites have a risk of corrupting important data. With MySQL, developers can use locking or transactions, which allow them to add and update data in a predictable manner.
MySQL supports a relational database model. This allows developers to link different records of data. For example, if there is a customer table, they can link each customer to its respective records in the orders table. This allows to store complex data but without the hassle of retrieving it. At EduBolt, teachers can offer MySQL in their curriculum to make their classrooms more effective and more prepared for the real world. If you haven’t already, sign up for your free trial!
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