Introduction to MySQL
MySQL is an open source database management system. It is acronym stands for My Structured QueryLanguage. For more details about the name and the history please check the wikipedia article.
How to access MySQL in a local development environment
You can access MySQL either through cmd/terminal or through localhost/phpmyadmin page.
Through command window
Start cmd (in windows8 just type cmd in search.) and locate the directory where you have bin folder.
c:\ cd C:\mysql\mysql5.6.17\bin
Then type -u your_mysql_username -p your_mysql_password. If you have not set it before then by default root is the username and by default there is no password just leave it empty.
c:\mysql\bin> -u root -p
Now you have access to MySQL commands.