I have just installed MySQL, and MySQLAdmin. In my.ini file it has username and password.

And yet when I go to MySQL prompt, it never asks for my username or password.

Can anyone explain this as I have been readin and readin and I just don;t understand why have a username and password if it is not used.

And when i try my first .php page, to extract data from a database even though the code is identical to the jokelist.php page taken from the sitpoint book, the page keeps coming up with unable to connect to database, or not available somthing like that...the only thing I can think off that I don't even slightly understand is this username and password stuff...

any help would be greatly appreciated..