Get a simple introduction to MySQL—without the overhead. Sheeri K. Cabral introduces the vocabulary and tools for MySQL, the world's most popular open-source database that powers everything from your neighbor's blog to Internet giants like Facebook. The goal of this course is to get you interacting with data and understanding just why databases are better. Most of the work is done at the command line, as Sheeri teaches you how to create a new database, build tables, read and edit database records, and use functions to query data. She also issues a series of challenges along the way that allow you to test your skills and compare your results with hers.