A.6.1: Where can I find documentation covering MySQL Views?
A.6.2: Is there a discussion forum for MySQL Views?
A.6.3: What happens to a view if an underlying table is dropped or renamed?
A.6.4: Does MySQL 5.1 have table snapshots?
A.6.5: Does MySQL 5.1 have materialized views?
A.6.6: Can you insert into views that are based on joins?
Questions and Answers
Yes. See http://forums.mysql.com/list.php?100
After a view has been created, it is possible to drop or alter a
table or view to which the definition refers. To check a view
definition for problems of this kind, use the
CHECK TABLE statement. (See
Section 188.8.131.52, “CHECK TABLE Syntax”.)
It is possible, provided that your
INSERT statement has a column
list that makes it clear there is only one table involved.
You cannot insert into multiple tables with a single insert on a view.