MySQL 101 - Referential Integrity

In our last episode we learned how to modify data and table definitions.  This will come in handy as we look at building in referential integrity constraints into our database.  To begin we will need the database definition resulting from last episode's… more »

MySQL 101 - Changing data and schema, UPDATE, ALTER

In our last episode we covered sorting, searching and grouping. We found out that using the COUNT(*) can be problematic when we have unexpected NULL data. Now we look at how to resolve data issues by updating the data, and perhaps even the table schema.… more »

MySQL 101 - Sorting and Searching: ORDER BY, WHERE, GROUP BY

In our last episode we were able to select some information from our bookshop database, this time we look at putting this into some semblence of order.  To fully investigate this topic we need a few more entries in our database, so rather than detail… more »

MySQL 101 - Retrieving data: SELECT and JOIN

In our last episode we started building up our online bookshop database, with tables for publishers, authors, formats and books.  At the moment we only have one book in there, so before we go too far, lets add a few more: INSERT INTO `book` VALUES (… more »

MySQL 101 - Creating your first database

In our last episode we found out how to connect to a MySQL server.  This time we learn how to lay out a database and start creating it. For this, and following episodes, we will be looking at creating a database to support an online bookshop. Creating… more »