Nowadays, computers are present everywhere, and they are all connected to each other. A lot of
information is exchanged between them, but this data needs to be stored somewhere.
MariaDB is a fork of MySQL, started when MySQLwas acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2008. Sun
Microsytems and MySQLwere then acquired by Oracle in 2009.
In most Linux distributions, MariaDB is now the default package, providing a relational database that is
compatible with MySQL.
MariaDB has interesting new features, better testing, performance improvement, and bug fixes that are not
available in MySQL.
This book provides an introduction to the SQLlanguage. It presents some advanced features of MariaDB
and features that aren't present in MySQLbut come with MariaDB. By the end of this book, you should be
able get your own MariaDB database server running and take advantage of its features.

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