I just bought Build your own database driven website with PHP and MySQL 3rd edition from Sitepoint and I'm trying to install MySQL on my system and am very lost doing it. I downloaded version 4.1.5 on my machine then opening it up and nothing but a black screen comes up that looks like a DOS prompt or something? The book keeps talking about making a "my.cnf" file and saving it to the root directory, but from what I could gather from the website, it says with the new version this isn't nessessary?
Okay now I'm trying to go through the server instance configuration wizard and even more lost. This book doesn't tell you anything about this...and I havn't the slightest idea what any of this means!! has anyone done this before?
Another thing I was going to ask is: Is the "command line client" where I will design my databases?