> -----Original Message-----
> From: baron.schwartz@stripped [mailto:baron.schwartz@stripped] On
> Behalf Of Baron Schwartz
> Sent: Monday, February 09, 2009 9:19 AM
> To: Steven Buehler
> Cc: mysql@stripped
> Subject: Re: MySQL View
> On Mon, Feb 9, 2009 at 9:41 AM, Steven Buehler <steve@stripped>
> > Ok, I just saw a post about using view's in mysql. I tried to look
> it up
> > and found how to use it, but my question is: what is a view and why
> > you use it? Is it like a temporary table? Does it write a new
> database to
> > the disk or use memory?
> A view is a piece of SQL whose result can be queried like a table. It
> stores no data; the results are always generated as the query
> executes. In some cases it does use a temporary table to hold the
> result and then query against it; in other cases it merges the
> original query's SQL and the view's SQL together and then executes the
> resulting query.
> Why use it? To abstract a complex bit of code away for simplicity.
> To grant permissions in a certain way (you can grant access to the
> view and deny access to the underlying table).
> There's a lot of complexity to it though, in terms of how to use views
> correctly and get good performance. I think the manual goes over it
> in good detail, and our book High Performance MySQL 2nd Edition has
> probably the best exploration of it otherwise.
Baron, Thank You
1. The view is temporary then? So it kind of uses it "in place of" a
2. Does it go away after the query or after the mysql_close?
I am going to have to go to the book store and get your book too.