MySQLi is also known as MySQL improved Extension. It is a relational SQL database management system. It is often used inside PHP to provide an interface with the MySQL databases.
Some of the reasons why MySQLi is famous are given below −
MySQLi uses the standard form of the SQL language.
MySQLi is free as it is released under an open source license.
MySQLi can be easily used with PHP which is the most famous language for web development.
MySQLi is a very powerful language and it can handle the functionality of powerful database packages.
MySQLi can work with multiple languages such as C, C++, JAVA, PHP etc.
MySQLi has many advantages over MySQL. Some of these are given as follows −
MySQLi supports both procedural interfaces and object oriented interfaces while MySQL supports only procedural interfaces.
MySQLi supports stored procedure but MySQL does not.
There is enhanced security and improved debugging features in MySQLi where this is comparatively lagging in MySQL.
MySQLi supports prepared statements but MySQL does not.
Transactions are supported through API in MySQLi but they ae handled hrough queries only in SQL.