Using R to connect to a SQL Server and MySQL Database using MS Windows

Connecting to MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server

Connecting to a MySQL database or MS SQL Server from the R environment can be extremely useful.  It allows a researcher direct access to the data without have to first export it from a database and then import it from a csv file or entering it directly into R.

This example shows the process to set up Windows to allow R to connect to MySQL and SQL Server (other databases such as Oracle and PostgreSQL would follow a similar pattern).  These are step-by-step instruction on the setup and provides the R code on how to query the database once connectivity is established.

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