I started programming way back when the Internet first started. Back then, the only thing available that was decent to manage MySQL was PhpMyadmin, a server based application. Then one day I discovered Navicat and never turned back.
The first benefits for me was that I could run it on my PC and remotely connect not only to the databases on my server, but also to the databases on my clients servers. Before that, if they didn't have PhpMyadmin installed, I was already wasting time and effort just to connect to my clients data.
The next Navicat "discovery" was that I could transfer from remote database to database with the greatest of ease as well as copy a clients database to my local server. I was in heaven!
Back in the day I used to use MS Access to do my databases so I had a lot of info that eventually needed to be online and in Mysql. My jaw practically hit the floor when I discovered that I could connect directly to Access and very easily import my data. Just as easily, I could also import several other formats. But wait, that's not all! I could also export to several formats as well!
One of the great features of Navicat is the SQL Query builder. When your just learning Mysql, the query builder makes it very easy to create proper SQL statements.
There are so many other great features, an entire book could be written on it. The long and short of it is that Navicat is the ultimate database tool that you cannot be without. Download a trial version NOW!