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Adding Data to Tables Data can be added directly into tables from the MySQL console, although there are many other ways to add in data, which we will cover later in this chapter. To add data to a table directly from the console, we use the MySQL Insert command. Let’s say we want to add the following information into the table we created in the last section, playerinfo. Name: Jeff Henderson X Position: 14 Y Position: 35 Experience: 1431 To insert this into our table we would use the following syntax: mysql> INSERT INTO playerinfo VALUES mysql> (NULL,’Jeff Henderson’,14,35,1431); This would be displayed on the MySQL console as follows.
Creating a Database in MySQL This is the easy part. You need to give your database a name; in this example, we are going to use the name gamedata, as this database is going to store some basic information about an online game. So to create our gamedata database we would enter the following command at the prompt in the MySQL console: mysql> CREATE DATABASE gamedata; If everything has gone according to plan, it will inform you that the query was OK and that one row was affected. We now have our database in the system.
Figure 2-23 In addition to automatically setting the date and time with MySQL, we can manually set it simply by inputting the correct integer, as long as we ensure it is in the correct format. Let’s manually set Sandra Smith’s lastlogin date to the following: 14th March 1999 at 3:35pm (and no seconds) To do this, we again use the Update command, but we do not set the timestamp to NULL. The integers we require for this are as follows: Year: 2001 Month: 03 Day: 14 Hour: 15 Minutes: 35 Chapter 2 / Internet-Based Database Systems 33 Seconds: 00 Therefore, our integer is: 20010314153500.