Hi all, I'm coding a chat room-program and I'm currently developing a registration/sign in form. After a little research, I noticed that in order to have multiple accounts, you need to work with databases. I knew about MySQL before, so I used that as a starting point. I later found that MySQL has different drivers/connectors for different languages (MySQL :: MySQL Downloads - MySQL connectors section). Because I'm using Java, I hit the Connector/J link and then downloaded the tar.gz zipped file choice (I'm using mac). Then, I unzipped the file and put the libs in the home/lib directory of Java, but it didn't work (I was told to do that on a forum). Now, I would really like to know how to install it from people that know what they're talking about, someone like you.
Also, I have no idea what MySQL is. I know that it's handling databases, but how? How does it work? Do I get a program like Eclipse or something? Please help.
How do I implement MySQL into Eclipse?
As I previousy mentioned, I put all the libs in the Java home/lib directory, does that affect my java in any way because I changed it?
Also, a link containing lots of tutorials for MySQL/JDBC and/or an example code would just be perfectly fine, even without installing instructions.