Doesn't that require a windows machine?
I was hoping for a way to connect to a sample database that's hosted somewhere out on the web?
Am I crazy? I think I've seen something like that before, but I can't remember where.
Macintosh can be used for MySQL and the Actual Driver (which goes on your client, not on the MySQL server)
And is there a free access database being served that I can connect to for practice? I seem to recall (maybe GoDaddy?) had a sample SQL database for people to use in testing? Was it GoDaddy? It's been several years. I feel like I am missing something...(hence the need for the practice.)
For practice I download pre-built Linux 'appliances' that have the things installed that I need, they run as virtual machines on your machine (I use VMware Fusion, not Parallels but it would work the same):
Find one that has MySQL preinstaled.
The nice thing about these is that you can throw them away and start over if you think something got messed up.
Aside from firewall configuration, VPN, or whatever, you can connect to a web database the same way you do on a local machine. It's just a different URL.
beverly's suggestion is excellent. Check out the trial version of the MySQL driver from Actual. It's plenty to make sure you can connect and do basic stuff. The driver isn't that expensive relative to most FMP add-ons.
MySQL runs on every platform.
Check out the H2 database. It's a cool database written entirely in Java, and, yes, it runs on all platforms, too. Supports clustering, and other advanced features. Can be embedded. VERY COOL!
HOPE THIS HELPS.