You wish there was a way to type database and table names more quickly.
There is; use mysql's name auto-completion facility.
Normally when you use mysql interactively, it reads the list of database names and the names of the tables and columns in your current database when it starts up. mysql remembers this information to provide name completion capabilities that are useful for entering statements with fewer keystrokes:
mysql's name auto-completion capability is based on the table names in the current database, and thus is unavailable within a mysql session until a database has been selected, either on the command line or by means of a USE statement.
Auto-completion allows you to cut down the amount of typing you do. However, if you don't use this feature, reading name-completion information from the MySQL server may be counterproductive because it can cause mysql to start up more slowly when you have a lot of tables in your database. To tell mysql not to read this information so that it starts up more quickly, specify the -A (or --no-auto-rehash) option on the mysql command line. Alternatively, put a no-auto-rehash line in the [mysql] group of your MySQL option file:
To force mysql to read name completion information even if it was invoked in no-completion mode, issue a REHASH or # command at the mysql> prompt.
Using the mysql Client Program
Writing MySQL-Based Programs
Record Selection Techniques
Working with Strings
Working with Dates and Times
Sorting Query Results
Modifying Tables with ALTER TABLE
Obtaining and Using Metadata
Importing and Exporting Data
Generating and Using Sequences
Using Multiple Tables
Introduction to MySQL on the Web
Incorporating Query Resultsinto Web Pages
Processing Web Input with MySQL
Using MySQL-Based Web Session Management
Appendix A. Obtaining MySQL Software
Appendix B. JSP and Tomcat Primer
Appendix C. References