MySQL CRUD Basics - Creating a Database


Structured Query Language (SQL) is used to manage data in all relational database management systems such as MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, and more. SQL standards are maintained by ISO. While most database products comply with the ISO standard, they also offer additional proprietary features. In this blog post we're going to restrict ourselves to the feature set offered by MySQL databases.

MySQL data types and operators

Each column in a database table is required to have a name and a data type. When designing databases we have to decide what kind of data will be stored in its database tables. Data types allow SQL to understand and interact with the stored data within database table columns. MySQL supports SQL data types in multiple categories: numeric types, date and time types, string (character and byte) types, spatial types, and the JSON data type.

Also, it's noteworthy to mention the operators that we can use in SQL expressions. Operators can be broken into three main categories: arithmetic, comparison, and logical.

Simple MySQL example

Imagine that you own a business. This business sells video games via its website and also via its physical store location. Customers can place orders with employees on-site or buy video games online without an employee's assistance. The order table links both employees and customers, however each order doesn't necessarily need an employee foreign key as mentioned before! A database and tables would help us manage all of this information:

Database and tables example

How would we create and populate the database and tables pictured above? It's quite straightforward, don't worry. Also, I'll dive into how to read data and use update/delete statements to alter data.

Creating a database and tables

In order to start working with databases we need to create one. With the CREATE DATABASE statement we can do just that. Interacting with the database is as simple as using the USE DATABASE statement followed by any other statements you'd like.

The CREATE TABLE statement allows us to create a table with a given name. There are many aspects to the CREATE TABLE statement described under the following topics: table name, temporary tables, table cloning and copying, column data types and attributes, indexes/foreign keys/check constraints, table options, and table partitioning. Let's put this into practice and create a database with tables:

CREATE DATABASE MaxOverflowExample; USE MaxOverflowExample; CREATE TABLE Customer ( CustNo CHAR(8), CustFirstName VARCHAR(20) NOT NULL, CustLastName VARCHAR(30) NOT NULL, CustCity VARCHAR(30), CustState CHAR(2), CustZip CHAR(10), CustBal DECIMAL(12,2), CONSTRAINT PKCustomer PRIMARY KEY (CustNo) ); CREATE TABLE Employee( EmpNo CHAR(8), EmpFirstName VARCHAR(20) NOT NULL, EmpLastName VARCHAR(30) NOT NULL, EmpPhone CHAR(15), EmpEMail VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL, CONSTRAINT PKEmployee PRIMARY KEY (EmpNo), CONSTRAINT UniqueEMail UNIQUE (EmpEMail) ); CREATE TABLE OrderTbl ( OrdNo CHAR(8), OrdDate DATE NOT NULL, CustNo CHAR(8) NOT NULL, EmpNo CHAR(8), CONSTRAINT PKOrderTbl PRIMARY KEY (OrdNo) , CONSTRAINT FKCustNo FOREIGN KEY (CustNo) REFERENCES Customer (CustNo), CONSTRAINT FKEmpNo FOREIGN KEY (EmpNo) REFERENCES Employee (EmpNo) );

As you can see, each table has a unique primary key column to identify each table row. In the order table, there are two foreign key columns to link back to employees that sold customers video games at our physical store. Moreover, the order table tracks all orders for us including online orders.

Inserting data

Let's insert some data into these bad boys. This is done via the INSERT INTO statement. When we use an INSERT statement, we have to match up our data to conform to the data types and constraints we defined in our CREATE TABLE statement.

Note the order I insert the data as well. I insert data into the employee and customer tables first since the order table contains rows that reference back to those entries.

USE MaxOverflowExample; INSERT INTO Customer (CustNo, CustFirstName, CustLastName, CustCity, CustState, CustZip, CustBal) VALUES('C0954327','Sheri','Gordon','Littleton','CO','80129-5543',230.00); INSERT INTO Employee (EmpNo, EmpFirstName, EmpLastName, EmpPhone, EmpEMail) VALUES ('E8544399','Joe','Jenkins','(303) 221-9875',''); INSERT INTO OrderTbl (OrdNo, OrdDate, CustNo, EmpNo) VALUES ('O9919699','2017-02-11','C0954327','E8544399');

Reading data

We can query our database tables using the SELECT statement. SELECT queries can become quite complex when dealing with a production level database. Here, I demonstrate how you can get all the data from all three tables we created.

USE MaxOverflowExample; SELECT * FROM Customer; SELECT * FROM Employee; SELECT * FROM Ordertbl;

Updating and deleting data

For updating and deleting data in our database tables we can use the UPDATE and DELETE statements. All that's needed is to specify the primary key of the row we'd like to either update or delete.

Sidenote: the variable "SQL_SAFE_UPDATES" is enabled by default. This prevents the MySQL database engine from executing UPDATE and DELETE statements that don't include WHERE clauses that reference the primary key column(s). This saves you from affecting every row in the given table.

USE MaxOverflowExample; -- Update customer first name UPDATE Customer SET CustFirstName = 'George' WHERE CustNo = 'C0954327'; -- Delete rows added DELETE FROM OrderTbl WHERE OrdNo = 'O9919699'; DELETE FROM Employee WHERE EmpNo = 'E8544399'; DELETE FROM Customer WHERE CustNo = 'C0954327';

I hope this post helped boost your MySQL power level. If you like video format better, I have a YouTube playlist where I demonstrate everything in the MySQL workbench. MySQL is a database management system that allows us to interact with and design databases. With a solid foundation of MySQL basics, you can start designing and interacting with databases.

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