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Creating a basic C/C++ Program to Interact with MySQL and MariaDB

In this post, I’ll cover how to create a simple C/C++ program that interacts with MySQL using the C API (and Connector/C). I discussed in a previous post how to install the C Connector (both SkySQL and MySQL’s), so please refer to that if you are looking for more specifics on that.

So once you have that set up, then there are just a few more things you need to have in order – at least this was the case in my environment.

1. Create a program (this one simply connects to the server and retrieves the server version):

#include <stdio.h>
#include <windows.h>
#include <mysql.h>

MYSQL *conn;
int version = 1;

int main ( int argc, char *argv[] )
    conn = mysql_init ( NULL );
    mysql_real_connect ( conn, "localhost", "root",
            "password", "test", 3308, NULL, 0 );
        version = mysql_get_server_version( conn ); …
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