I’m not an anti-GUI person. In fact, I wrote three books about web GUI development with Java. However, I also like the command-line interface (CLI), especially text-based UIs. After a year of exploring MariaDB and the DevOps world, I got to discover and play with many text-based CLI tools that I didn’t know even existed. These tools are especially useful when connecting to remote servers that don’t have a GUI.

One special CLI tool that I frequently use is the mariadb SQL client (or mysql in the MySQL world)—a CLI program used to connect to MariaDB-compatible databases. With it, you can send SQL queries and other commands to the database server.

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