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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (April 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904811035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904811039
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,796,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marc Delisle started to contribute to phpMyAdmin in December 1998, when he made the first multi-language version. He has been actively involved since May 2001, as a developer and a project administrator. phpMyAdmin is now part of his life. He has worked since 1980 at Collège de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada, as an application programmer and network manager. He has also been teaching networking, security, Linux servers, and PHP/MySQL application development. In one of his classes, he was pleased to meet a phpMyAdmin user from Argentina.

More About the Author

Marc Delisle was awarded "MySQL Community Member of the year 2009" because of his involvement with phpMyAdmin, a web interface for MySQL. He started to contribute to the project in December 1998, when he made the multi-language version. He is involved with phpMyAdmin as a developer, translator and project administrator and enjoys meeting phpMyAdmin users in person.

Marc is a system administrator at Cegep de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada.

In addition to the "Mastering phpMyAdmin" successive editions, Marc has written "Creating your MySQL Database: Practical Design Tips and "phpMyAdmin Starter", all with Packt Publishing.

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If you're looking for a good phpMyAdmin book, or still don't feel really comfortable with phpMyAdmin, I can definitely recommend this book.
Dennis Pallett
Most people work with phpMyAdmin superficially and in very narrow usage corridors - like kids walking barefoot on a painted line through a very large parking lot.
Amazon Customer
I highly recommend anyone who wants to get more than a simple front-end for MySQL look into picking up phpMyAdmin and Mastering phpMyAdmin.
Craig Maloney

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
phpMyAdmin is usually installed quickly, out of acute necessity. You need to do something with your database, and you can't do it via telnet or SSH or anything else, so you download the latest version, FTP it up, and away you go. More often than not, the install is forgotten about as soon as your need is over.
The downside of this is that you're not getting nearly the value you should out of a phpMyAdmin install. Most people work with phpMyAdmin superficially and in very narrow usage corridors - like kids walking barefoot on a painted line through a very large parking lot. There's so much about the app that you don't know.
This book is a departure from a lot of tech books in that (1) it's short and sweet (just under 200 pages - not nearly the 600-page monolith some of these things become), and (2) it seems more...conversational. Concepts are explained in plain English. I normally hate that cliche, but it fits here. I got a sense of simply having a casual conversation with a fellow geek.
I read it over the course of a week, putting in a chapter or two each night. I learned something new in every chapter, and I'd implement them in my phpMyAdmin install right after reading the chapter. By the end of the book, I'm left with a superb phpMyAdmin install that does a thousand times more than I've ever accomplished with the app before.
There's a lot of phpMyAdmin functionality under the hood that you've likely never seen. For instance, you can set it up to enforce relational integrity in your database. This is just good database design, but it also enriches the interface considerably. Foreign key fields now become drop-down lists to the foreign table with a selection of entries.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Craig Maloney on December 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you're not familiar with phpMyAdmin, then you're missing out on a very powerful tool for administering your MySQL databases. It is an effective way to handle all of your tasks with MySQL, from development to administration. Don't worry, though; if you want to get up to speed in getting the most out of phpMyAdmin, then Mastering phpMyAdmin for Effective MySQL Management (Referred to from here as Mastering phpMyAdmin) will quickly take you from download to proficiency.

Most software purchases I've made rarely begin with me carefully taking out the manual and reading it before installing the software. My goal is to toss aside the manual and other bits in favor of getting to the install media as quickly as possible. If there's ever a problem, then it's time to fish out the manual and see what I missed. Manufacturers caught up with this mentality and include mere pamphlets compared to the gigantic tomes that used to be included with software in the late 80s and early 90s. So why pick up Mastering phpMyAdmin? Can you get along just fine without a manual? phpMyAdmin is easy to use, and very straightforward, but Mastering phpMyAdmin shows just how powerful phpMyAdmin can be. Those who like to have more of a hand-held approach or want to have printed documentation will find Mastering phpMyAdmin to be invaluable and an asset to their use of phpMyAdmin.

Mastering phpMyAdmin is a very thin book, weighing in at a spartan 205 pages, but those 205 pages are put to work with plenty of screenshots and information. The book covers using phpMyAdmin under Linux and Windows, so both sets of users will be able to benefit from phpMyAdmin. Each chapter in the book is short, roughly 10 pages each, but each chapter is packed with useful information.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have two copies of the book that we got for our staff, who are finding the book helpful. Initally I was sceptical that there could be enough to phpmyadmin to merit a whole book, and was pleasantly surprized with the compreshensive coverage of topics. The abundance of screenshots make it easy to follow even when not actually sitting with phpmyadmin. The writing style is a bit dry, but very clear.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 2004
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Never read books by this publisher before, but this turned out to be a good buy. The book is really a comprehensive guide to phpMyAdmin. I've been using phpMyAdmin for a long time now, but never really explored it's various features and functionality beyond creating the basic structure of the database and basic tweaking...
What I like most about this book is that the chapters are very precise - focusing on just what they should. This is very useful when I want to read up on one particular feature...the step by step instructions are also very handy. I specially enjoyed reading the chapters on bookmarks and MIME based transformations.
Any DBA who uses phpMyAdmin should get this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Pallett on August 17, 2006
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Although this book doesn't contain even one snippet of PHP code, it's still really useful to any PHP programmer, especially if you're just starting out. It's likely that you'll use phpMyAdmin during development, and it's important to know about all the (hidden) features, so you can save time and work as efficient as possible.

Initially, I had some worries that this book might be mainly targeted towards beginners, but this is not the case at all, and it's more of a complete guide to phpMyAdmin than just a beginner's book. This book is targeted towards everyone, and even the most advanced programmers will learn a thing or two from this book, especially about PMA's own unique features.

If you're looking for a good phpMyAdmin book, or still don't feel really comfortable with phpMyAdmin, I can definitely recommend this book. This is one of the best guides to phpMyAdmin, and the author has done a terrific job!
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