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Pro MySQL (The Expert's Voice in Open Source) 1st Edition
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The author starts in with reviewing how business requirements and the software development cycle can be part of database development. This a great chapter for people like me who would like to learn how different approaches are taken from different IT perspectives in a team environment (business analysts, application developers, and project managers) This chapter gives you a good understanding of how the other side thinks.
The next chapter focuses on the importance of proper indexing and strategies as pertaining to data storage. Because once your databases reach to the multiple gigabits of storage space, you need to very focused on how long each request takes. A few seconds here and there begin to add up and can cause serious issues if not taken into consideration early in your database design. Like me who only deals with small to an occasional medium-size database I never really had to think about this before.
The next chapter focuses on transaction processing in MYSQL which is one of the more difficult concepts for many and I am in the process now of reading it. I really like the author's explanations and examples. Each point is explained thoroughly and in an easy to read manner.Read more ›
The book starts by examining business requirements and how software is developed from an initial requirements assessment through object and data modeling, diagramming, and completing the design of the database. The second chapter details indexing and how to use it efficiently to increase data lookup speed. The third chapter provides a detailed discussion of transaction processing. These three chapters form the foundation on which the deeper discussions in later chapters are all based.
One of the areas that I have not found discussed in any significant detail in other books is the internal system architecture of MySQL. In chapters 4 and 5 the authors examine the internal structure and the different storage engines and data types MySQL uses with a concentration on the InnoDB and MyISAM storage engines. The rest of the book covers more traditional fare such as subqueries and derived tables, benchmarking and profiling, writing SQL queries that are efficient and produce the information you want, stored procedures, stored functions, views, and triggers.
Of course they go over installation and configuration in detail as well as security, backup and restoration, replication, clustering, and troubleshooting. The authors have included lots of illustrations, tables, and examples that really help make complex MySQL concepts easy to understand. Pro MySQL is highly recommended for readers who already have a good understanding of MySQL past the beginners level and into the intermediate level.
One example of this is their chapter on Index Concepts. Rather than focus on the basics of how to create an index, this book gives you depth by talking about seek times, buffering, and the actual structure of things such as a B-Tree index. As a result you not only know that an index on a certain column will improve performance, you also know why.
This book is also the first I have seen that takes a chapter to really dig into the MySQL source code and illustrate some of the internal workings of the MySQL server, such as the client protocol, complete with flow charts and diagrams. The System Architecture chapter is a great place to start if you are looking to understand the server internals or modify the MySQL source code.
There is a nice SQL Scenarios chapter that covers some common use cases for things such as finding duplicate and orphan records, retrieving random rows (properly), working with GIS data, and (my favorite) working with hierarchical data. The authors cover the Nested Set model nicely (which I have previously written and presented about), covering the basics of using nested sets. This provides a good starting point from which one could easily jump the Celko's Trees and Hierarchies book.Read more ›
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This was a pretty decent MySQL book. Unfortunately, I bought it to learn more about stored procedures, and this book didn't seem to cover them.Published on June 8, 2012 by Thomas Hunter II
This book attempts to cover too much material instead of spending more time on specific topics. If you're interested in performance, replication, backup or recovery, skip this book... Read morePublished on August 31, 2008 by Vadim Berezniker
I've managed to get about halfway through this book so far. It's NOT an easy read. Coverage and detail are excellent, however, and if you're interested in plumbing the depths of... Read morePublished on May 8, 2008 by Robert
No, I am not associated with the authors in any way. I was looking for a book for MySQL that was beyond "this is a database, here is how you select". Read morePublished on July 8, 2007 by Cecil Meeks
This book is a great expert overview of all that is current in MySQL 5. This covers both the SQL interaction with the database and the management. Read morePublished on March 8, 2007 by John Farrar