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With 'Learning MySQL' the tradition most definitely continues. ~600 pages await the reader who picks up this gem and you don't need to have any extensive database experience in order to be able to pick this up and start cracking! From the basics of installation on Linux, Windows and the Mac to basic SQL like writing queries and stored procedures, the foundation is all there. Continuing on to discussing security, performing backups and tuning, this is an exceptional book broken up logically and smoothly into 6 parts and 18 chapters:
02. Installing MySQL
03. Using MySQL Monitor
04. Designing Databases
05. Basic SQL
06. Datbase Structures
07. Advanced Querying
08. More MySQL Goodies
09. Managing Users & Privileges
10. Backups & Recovery
11. Using An Options File
12. Configuring & Tuning The Server
13. Web Database Applications
15. PHP Application Case Study
17. Perl With MySQL
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This book was written about the time I started using MySQL and I'm very glad that I didn't read this book then. The book is extremely disorganized and never decides on a target audience. It lacks consistency and relies heavily on a website that is no longer available for supplemental materials. The book does contain some useful information but that information is far overshadowed by its negative features. It's hardly a book of learning and would be better described as a book of bad examples. That's on top of the frequent grammatical mistakes and incoherent explanations.
This chapter tries to cover every possible condition in installing the components of the LAMP stack used by the book. Not only was the information in Chapter 2 already outdated when the book was published but at 85 pages it's the worst chapter I've read in any book in a very long time. Coverage for Linux and Mac were poor and the book would be much better off if Chapter 2 was simply omitted. Unfortunately chapter 2 is referenced literally from every subsequent chapter.
The book is riddled with screenshots and example output received by the console. This alone adds probably 100 pages to the book. Not to mention the authors' tangents into the irrelevant and then adding references on top of those irrelevant topics.Read more ›
If you are completely new to databases, then this book is a good place to start - here's why:
1) Coverage of database concepts and design: This book doesn't just launch into the code stuff. It will teach you about database structure and relationships. It will give you some pretty straight-forward rules on how you should design your database with regards to what goes in what tables and how columns in the tables relate to each other (the actual data relationships).
2) History of SQL: Without going into too much detail, the book explains where SQL has come from and what you can expect from it now.
3) Explanation of SQL Syntax: This book does a great job breaking down the syntax of the SQL language and showing you the standard syntax for the various statements it presents.
4) Examples galore: Okay, so a lot of the examples are pretty useless, but they do what they need to - show you how things work. There are also some big examples that are used consistently throughout the book, so you can see your own development in how you interact with the data. There are SQL scripts that you can download from the O'Reilly website to import the tables and data directly into your database to follow along with the authors' examples.Read more ›
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I did learn a lot from this book although it is not up to date with the current version of MySQL so I had to go online to get the most current documentation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gayle
This series of books has a rightful reputation for clarity of exposition. The author does not merely start with "how you write code for this database" but starts out much... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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