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MySQL Administrator's Guide Paperback – August 5, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0672326349 ISBN-10: 0672326345 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: MySQL Press; 1 edition (August 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672326345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672326349
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,305,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul DuBois is the leading author of books on MySQL topics. His book, MySQL, is widely considered to be the definitive guide to using, administering and programming MySQL. He is currently an employee of MySQL AB and is in charge of editing and maintaining the official English-language documentation for MySQL.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Adaera on July 27, 2005
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The MySQL Administrator's Guide by MySQL Press is the ultimate reference for anyone installing, upgrading or maintaining the MySQL database server. I found this guide to be completely invaluable when using MySQL, even before I had downloaded the software. The Guide uses clear, easy to read, formatting which makes shell instructions stand out from MySQL statements. A detailed index takes no time to show you where in 600 pages your answer lies. And you can bet you'll find the answer in this Guide. Beginners beware, however, this is no introduction to MySQL. Readers should have a clear understanding of their system, along with experience of MySQL, although an insight into MySQL AB and MySQL's history is included in Chapter 1.
As I began reading through this Guide, I couldn't help notice immediately how it sets itself apart from similar books. The MySQL Admin Guide has a detail which you will not find anywhere else. Such is to be expected from the company who make the software, and this book certainly shows the high quality of MySQL. After reading through this book, I can't help but agree with Kaj Arno (Vice President Software Engineering, MySQL AB) who is quoted on the back page; "'It is not possible to find a more thorough and more current reference in print, anywhere'". One of the best example I can make of this fact is in Chapter 2 which focuses on Installing MySQL. Not only does this Guide list all the option of a source distribution, all the ins and outs of installing MySQL on all likely platforms - Windows, Mac OS X, NetWare, Linux and other general Unix systems - this guide also deals with Upgrading and Downgrading the most recent version of the MySQL database server. And of course, to ensure that the entire knowledge is in print, Perl installation notes are included too.
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This book is not for the faint at heart. However, it can be useful for the geek. It definitely is not for the beginner. It is dense and steeped in code lines.

If one wants a good beginner book for MySql, PHP and Apache then I recommend Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache in 24 Hours by Julie C. Meloni (Paperback - Dec. 11, 2002.

It is an older book so it may difficult to find at times, but most of the code is Basic knowledge and easy to follow. If one buys a copy make sure it has the CD in it that can be very helpful.
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With what appears to be stunning speed, the open source relational database known as MySQL has been installed on many thousands of sites. Of course, the cost-free nature is its best selling point. With its rise, so too is the necessity for books like this.

Its bulk should be reassuring. The MySQL company has put a lot of sweat into making the manual as extensive as possible. Not light reading. But the individual sections should be within your grasp, if you have some sysadmin experience. For example, the introductory sections that deal with installations are on a par of complexity comparable to installing GCC or Tomcat. Not a one click installation. Because MySQL offers a lot of configuration options, if you go with a source distribution.

The toughest part may be later, when you have a populated database and you want to optimise it. Unsurprisingly, you will need good prior background in SQL. Take note that this book does not teach you SQL, per se. That is properly the remit of another text.

By the way, the book mentions that (finally) stored procedures are implemented. In version 5. Other database vendors, like IBM and Oracle, have had this ability for years, and have hammered on MySQL for its lack. Here, the book could do with an expanded discussion of how to use these procedures. It just has a cursory note. Hopefully, the next edition will improve on this. Because stored procedures are an important performance optimiser in many large databases.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Wu on October 9, 2006
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Good stuff. But the MySQL Administrator's guide (2nd edition) and Language reference is out and on Amazon. That contains the same book in a later edition with the language reference on CD on top of it. Buy that instead.
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