SQL Server is   one of the Database Management Systems (DBMS) and is designed by Microsoft.  DBMS are computer software applications with the capability of interacting with user, various other applications as well as the database itself. The objective is capturing and analyzing data and manages definition, querying, creation, updating as well as administration of database.

Criteria MySQL SQL Server
Targeted towards Internet servers & Open Source software Corporate & Enterprise market
Functionality Speed Administration, Graphical data modelling
Works with Assumes internet access Administration, Graphical data modelling

MySQL provides cross-platform support, wide range of interfaces for application programming and has many stored procedures like triggers and cursors that helps in managing the database.

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DDL is the abbreviation for Data Definition Language dealing with database schemas as well as the description of how data resides in the database. An example is CREATE TABLE command. DML denotes Data Manipulation Language such as SELECT, INSERT etc. DCL stands for Data Control Language and includes commands like GRANT, REVOKE etc.

Common MySQL functions are as follows: • NOWO – function for returning current date and time as single value. • CURRDATEO – function for returning the current date or time. • CONCAT (X, Y) –function to concatenates two string values creating single string output. • DATEDIFF (X, Y) – function to determine difference two dates.

Basically HEAP tables are in-memory and used for high speed temporary storages. But TEXT or BLOB fields are not allowed within them. They also do not support AUTO INCREMENT.

The maximum limits of indexed columns that could be created for any table is 16.

The syntax for getting the current version of MySQL is SELECT VERSION ();

Storage tables are named as table types. The data is stored in the files using multiple techniques such as indexing, locking levels, capabilities and functions.

MyISAM is the default table that is based on the sequential access method.

  • HEAP is the table that is used for fast data access but data will be lost if the table or system crashes. 
  • InoDB is the table that supports transactions using the COMMIT and ROLL BACK commands.
  • BDB can support transactions similar to InoDB but the execution is slower.

Use of ENUM will limit the values that can go into a table. For instance; the user can create a table giving specific month values and other month values would not enter into the table.

LIKE is denoted using the % sign. For example:SELECT * FROM user WHERE user name LIKE “%NAME”.• On the other hand the use of REGEXP is as follows:SELECT * FROM user WHERE username REGEXP “^NAME”;

User can take incremental backup in MySQL using percona xtrabackup.

When the data disk is full and overloaded the way out is to create and soft link and move the .frm as well as the .idb files into that link location.

For this it is necessary reviewing the layered architecture and determining hardware and software configuration dependencies in respect of the application put to test.

While both are used to enforce uniqueness of the column defined but primary key would create a clustered index whereas unique key would create non-clustered index on the column. Primary key does not allow ‘NULL’ but unique key allows it. 

In either Windows or POSIX systems the named pipes provide ways of inter-process communications to connect different processes running on the same machine. It dispenses with the necessity of using the network stack and data can be sent without affecting the performance. Servers set up named pipes to listen to requests. Client process needs to know the specific pipe name to send the request.

SQL Server is free and anyone can download and use it. The application uses SQL (Structured Query Language) and is easy to use.

The default port for MySQL Server is 3306. Another standard default is port 1433 in TCP/IP for SQL Server.

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In MySQL the Joins are used to query data from two or more tables. The query is made using relationship between certain columns existing in the table. There are four types of Joins in MySQL. Inner Join returns the rows if there is at least one match in both the tables. Left Join returns all the rows form the left table even if there is no match in the right table. Right Join returns all the rows from the right table even if no matches exist in left table. Full Join would return rows when there is at least one match in the tables.

When the table is created, CHAR is used to define the fixed length of the table and columns. The length value could be in the range of 1-255. VARCHAR command is given to adjust the column and table length as required.

The syntax for concatenating tables is MySQL is CONCAT (string 1, string 2, string 3)

Different types of strings that can be used for database columns are SET, BLOB, VARCHAR, TEX, ENUM, and CHAR.

MySQLi is the object oriented version of MySQL and it interfaces in PHP.

Primary key in MySQL is use to identify every row of a table in unique manner. For one table there is only one primary key. One of the candidate keys is the primary key and the candidate keys can be used to reference the foreign keys.

Yes, the syntax for using MySQL with LINUX operating system is /etc/init.d/mysqlstart

The following TRIGGERS are allowed in MySQL:• BEFORE INSERT


Information that is provided on the slow query log could be huge in size. The query could also be listed over thousand times. In order to summarize the slow query log in an informative manner one can use the third party tool “pt-qury-digest”.

In such cases when the password is lost the user should start the DB with – skip-grants-table and then change the password. Thereafter with the new password the user should restart the DB in normal mode.

BLOBs are binary large object holding huge data. 4 types of BLOB are TINYBLOB, BLOB, MEDIBLOB, and LONGBLOB. TEXT is case-sensitive BLOB. 4 types of TEXT are TINY TEXT, TEXT, MEDIUMTEXT, and LONG TEXT.

The command line SQLSERVER.EXE used with –m will restart SQL Server in single user mode and with –f will start it in minimal configuration mode.

Transaction is logical unit of work where either all or none of the steps should be performed. ACID is the abbreviation for Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, and Durability that are properties of any transaction.