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MySQL (4th Edition) Paperback – September 8, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0672329388 ISBN-10: 0672329387 Edition: 4th

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  • Paperback: 1224 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 4 edition (September 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672329387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672329388
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul DuBois is a writer, database administrator, and leader in the open source and MySQL communities. He has contributed to the online documentation for MySQL and is the author of MySQL and Perl for the Web (New Riders), MySQL Cookbook, Using csh

and tcsh, and Software Portability with imake (O’Reilly). He is currently a technical writer with the MySQL documentation team at Sun Microsystems.

 

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gregory A. Gum on January 6, 2011
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While this book is a comprehensive, I found it to be more of a reference book than otherwise. It covers pretty much the same material as what is found in the online docs. Which isn't surprising as the book author is an employee of MySQL and writes the online documentation. The book is valuable as a reference, but it weighs in at 1200 pages which is more than I am going to sit down and read as a narrative.

The first chapter is a tutorial, but after that, it's all reference material. If that is what you are looking for, great. But if your looking for beginner/intermediate material, this is not it. The book does not cover MYSQL Workbench at all which is what the newcomer to MySQL normally uses to get started. Nobody wants to learn MySQL just from a command prompt, but this is the approach the book takes.

Greg
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John H. Hardin on March 30, 2011
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This review is specifically for the Kindle edition.

After receiving the download of this ebook, I was astounded to find that the index was just a list of terms with no link to the actual location in the book where the topic is discussed. This is not true of all Kindle books, because MySQL High Availability from O'Reilly, which I also purchased on the Kindle recently, does have a working index where each item is a hot link into the book. The pagination of a Kindle book varies by the font selected, so I can understand removing page numbers from the index. But then you have to make the items links, like you have in the Table of Contents. I would caution anyone interested in the Kindle version of this book to consider whether they can use a 1200+ page book of technical information without an index. I have to wonder if this no-index policy is true of the other books from this publisher. I don't know how to find out without first buying the book for the Kindle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric on February 4, 2010
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This book has been super useful. I was new to development with MySQL and among the 3 or 4 MySQL books I got, this is the go-to book I use. It's very thorough, explains things clearly, and has lots of concise examples to show statements in use. Highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Whipp on October 11, 2008
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This is an excellent text that should be used as an example by other text book authors. Its detail is moderated by its excellent index and contents which has resulted in my using it almost every day since I bought it.

Why not five stars? I could use a little more detail on underlying reasons and how-tos and a little better highlighting in the text to bring out examples etc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roy C. Berry on November 7, 2009
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Great book, describes from Beginner to Moderate-advanced topics. This could be considered "the" manual for MySql.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Burnham VINE VOICE on March 11, 2009
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If you're looking for a book on MySQL, this is clearly the one. It's up-to-date for MySQL 5 (MySQL 6 is not yet ready for wide release), it effectively explains generic SQL concepts like inner/outer joins, and, of course, it's a comprehensive guide to the peculiarities of MySQL. Even if you're using MySQL through an abstraction layer, such as Hibernate, you'll still find the information on configuration useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Indikos on January 24, 2010
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Top Notch book on MySql. Clearest and best explanation of SQL I have ever read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Menes on February 24, 2009
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I've had this book next to me at all times as I learned MySQL, and I have to say that if it weren't for this book (along with a couple of others!), I wouldn't have been able to stuff MySQL into my brain. This book covers many aspects, but while it's a great book, I would recommend this book more for people who have some knowledge of MySQL to begin with.
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