1.2.1 History of MySQL
We started out with the intention of using `mSQL' to connect to our
tables using our own fast low-level (ISAM) routines. However, after some
testing, we came to the conclusion that `mSQL' was not fast enough or
flexible enough for our needs. This resulted in a new SQL interface to
our database but with almost the same API interface as `mSQL'. This
API was designed to allow third-party code that was written for use
with `mSQL' to be ported easily for use with MySQL.
The derivation of the name MySQL is not clear. Our base directory and
a large number of our libraries and tools have had the prefix "my" for
well over 10 years. However, co-founder Monty Widenius's daughter is
also named My. Which of the two gave its name to MySQL is still a
mystery, even for us.
The name of the MySQL Dolphin (our logo) is "Sakila," which was chosen
by the founders of MySQL AB from a huge list of names suggested by users
in our "Name the Dolphin" contest. The winning name was submitted by
Ambrose Twebaze, an Open Source software developer from Swaziland,
Africa. According to Ambrose, the name Sakila has its roots in
SiSwati, the local language of Swaziland. Sakila is also the name of a
town in Arusha, Tanzania, near Ambrose's country of origin, Uganda.
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