MySQLGraphic is an open-source Java application that provides a graphical interface for MySQL databases under Linux or Windows. MySQL is a powerful, open-source database commonly used for web applications. Getting started with MySQL can be a daunting task especially if you are not very familiar with SQL. Likewise, working from the command line can be frustrating particularly for those users who are only familiar with a Windows style interface. MySQLGraphic attempts to deal with these issues. However, we do have a “chicken and egg” kind of problem. In order to install MySQLGraphic it will be necessary to do some work from the DOS prompt, sometimes referred to as the command line.
This article attempts to provide a concise and clear explanation of how to install MySQL and MySQLGraphic under the Windows operating system. It will take you through the download process – all the necessary elements are freely available on the internet – right up to using the demo database available from the MySQLGraphic site. What follows should apply to Windows NT, 98, 2000 and XP. It may also work under Windows 95 but has not been tested on that operating system. The screen shots are taken from Windows 2000 so vary slightly from what you will see.