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Essential for the exam
on July 9, 2005
This book is perfect for preparation for the MySQL Core Certification exam (I haven't taken the Professional exam - yet). If you are looking to get certified, this is the book. There were a few areas that I felt should have been covered in more detail. The one thing that bothered me (and the main reason I can't give this title 5 stars) were several topics where the text just mentions certain (relatively obscure) features, saying more information would be presented about the feature in the exercises at the end of the chapter. Of course, the exercises are the mock exam questions, and while the correct answers are all well-explained, it seems odd to mention a topic, only to say that it will be covered in the questions without preparing me with adequate information up front.
MySQL seems to consider the passing criteria as a trade secret. I could find nothing that told me what percentage I had to get right on the exam to pass. When I took the exam, I received feedback that I had passed, but no score. Of course, this makes it somewhat difficult to use the practice tests to guage your progress. If I was getting 85% correct answers on the practive test (which I was), what does that mean? I finally just bit the bullet and took the test, and it all turned out fine. But it sure would have helped my self-assessment to know where I was.