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MariaDB - Introduction



MariaDB is a community-developed, commercially supported fork of the MySQL relational database management system (RDBMS), intended to remain free and open-source software under the GNU General Public License. It is s made by the original developers of MySQL and guaranteed to stay open source. It is part of most cloud offerings and the default in most Linux distributions. MariaDB is intended to maintain high compatibility with MySQL, ensuring a drop-in replacement capability with library binary parity and exact matching with MySQL APIs and commands. However, new features are diverging.

MariaDB is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS). A relational database organizes data into data tables in which data types may be related to each other. These relations help structure the data. SQL is a language programmers use to create, modify and extract data from the relational database, as well as control user access to the database. In addition to relational databases and SQL, MariaDB works with an operating system to implement a relational database in a computer's storage system, manages users, allows for network access and facilitates testing database integrity and creation of backups.

MariaDB Features:

  • Development of MariaDB was led by few of the original developers of MySQL.
  • MariaDB is an improved version of MySQL with numerous inbuilt powerful features,security, performance improvements compared to MySQL.
  • MariaDB is a relational database management systems (RDBMS).
  • MariaDB is a free and open-source software.
  • MariaDB is a fast, easy-to-use RDBMS being used for many small and big businesses.
  • MariaDB uses a standard form of the well-known SQL data language. SQL is a simple language and it is very easy to understand and learn.
  • MariaDB works very quickly and works well even with large data sets.
  • MariaDB has high compatibility with MySQL and thus it has exact matching with MySQL APIs and commands with new features.
  • MariaDB is intended to remain free and open source software under GPL, BSD or LGPL licenses.
  • MariaDB supports different programming languages and runs on different operating systems.
  • MariaDB has been supported in Amazon RDS service and Microsoft Azure.
  • MariaDB is used by many popular websites, including ServiceNow, DBS Bank, Google, Mozilla, and Wikimedia Foundation.

Display Data on Website

To display data on a website from a database, it requires following:

  • A RDBMS database software, like MariaDB
  • A server-side scripting language, like PHP
  • SQL query to retrieve data from the database system
  • HTML / CSS to style the page content

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