SQL for Beginners

Start with some basic SQL queries...

Most modern web applications today interact with databases, usually with a language called SQL. Lucky for us, this language is quite easy to learn. In this article, we are going to start with some basic SQL queries and use them to interact with a MySQL database.

SQL (Structured Query Language) is a language designed for interacting with relational database management systems (RDBMS), like MySQL, Oracle, Sqlite etc... To perform the SQL queries in this article, I suggest that you have MySQL installed. I also recommend phpMyAdmin as a visual interface to MySQL.

The following applications make it very easy to install both MySQL and phpMyAdmin on your local machine:

  • WAMP for Windows
  • MAMP for Mac

Patrick Julicher

Patrick JulicherPatrick started developing websites at the age of 25, only using HTML and building simple websites. Through the years his passion for designing and developing grew, and his career moved in that direction in the year 2004, when he decided to try and get a job in ICT and Web Development.
He got this chance at WE ICT, based in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. For the first couple of years he combined network management for customers with creating database-driven websites in ASP. Since 2008 his main work is on the developing part.
While ASP is still his favorite language, he's slowly trying to dive into ASP.NET and discover all of the possibilities.

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