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6:29 pm on Sep 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hey everyone,

I am new to web development, but I have just gotten a job working for a small start-up company to produce a really great website idea that they have. However, I am inexperienced and worried that I am going to sound like a complete idiot to the guys that hired me. Worried I may already have done that.

My question is this: Where is the information in a database stored? On the web host's servers?

I'm really new, so beyond my previous question, any and all advice is very, very welcome.

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It's usually on the host's server. Technically, it can be on a remote server, but that tends to slow things down as the extra distance causes delays in getting the data.
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I'll elaborate. On a webserver, you'll have some type of script - php or .net or whatever. You will write the script to talk to a 'database server'. The database server (mysql or ms sql) is a distinct program that normally runs on the webserver. The database server program actually handles the storage and access of the data, which is as noted normally stored on the same machine.

So you would write a program that says "here you go database server, here's some data, please store it." or "go look in the database and give me every record that looks like this".