- Series: New Riders Professional Library
- Paperback: 756 pages
- Publisher: New Riders Publishing; 1st edition (December 28, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735709211
- ISBN-13: 978-0735709218
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 106 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,995,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The unexpected pleasure of reading books about databases is that they are often written by authors with highly organized minds. Paul DuBois and his editors at New Riders have assembled MySQL with a clarity and lucidity that inspires confidence in the subject matter: a (nearly) freely redistributable SQL-interpreting database client/server primarily geared for Unix systems but maintained for Windows platforms as well. What isn't "free" about MySQL (the application) is its server's commercial use; all clients and noncommercial server use are free. DuBois's tome isn't free either, but its list price is modest in light of its value and the value of its namesake.
The volume is superbly organized into 12 chapters and 10 appendices and contains a concise table of contents and a comprehensive 50-page index. It is peppered with references to the online HTML documentation that comes with the source and binary distributions (which are available and easy to install in stable rpm and tar releases.)
The first third of MySQL is an excellent instruction tool for database newbies; the second third is a detailed reference for MySQL developers; and the last third consists of clearly annotated appendices, including C, Perl (but not Python), and PHP interfaces.
Perhaps as an indication of the collective will of the developers of MySQL, DuBois does not separate Windows 95/98/NT design or development specifics from its main discussions. Platform-independent design is a goal, not a reality, and users will have to rely on newsgroups and mailing lists for details. Moreover, security issues are addressed in a mere 18 pages, a large part of which is devoted to standard Unix file and network-access permissions. Next to nothing is mentioned about defense against common hacking strategies, the use of secure shell interfaces, or access encryption.
Although it is nearly 800 pages in length, DuBois's book is thankfully not encyclopedic. It is a valuable précis of the MySQL database, and its easy-to-skim look and feel will make it an excellent browse for database experts who want to know what is and is not possible within MySQL, the application. --Peter Leopold
From Library Journal
MySql is a very popular relational database for a number of reasons: it is free for most applications; while not open source it is heavily used by the open source community; and it runs easily on Windows and UNIX. The author's approach is to use two sample databases to explain SQL (structured query) databases with Perl, PHP, and C; administering MySql; and security. This book will be very popular with users who already understand relational databases and are trying to move from Microsoft or Oracle to MySql.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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A more unfortunate difficulty applies to the Kindle edition: the code examples don't lay our correctly, often rearranging symbols. I could usually figure it out , but this is a critical flaw for a book on programming syntax, where accurate character-by character presentation is the heart of the subject. Would be 2-stars if Amazon allowed rating of the specific version, rather than 4 for the book as a whole.
-great for mysql beginners.
-great chapter on CAPI and example code is free and legal https: http://www.kitebird.com/mysql-book/.
-get the paper version because kindle version has problems.
Lifesaver for a school project I was working on written in C. The chapter on the C API was better than anything I could google up. If you only need that chapter (the C API) it's free and legal at the book's website http://www.kitebird.com/mysql-book/. You can also find all the example code there.
If you have little or no experience setting up and using mysql I would recommend buying the book anyways. Get the paper version. I bought the Kindle version and the indexing (kindle navigation) isn't fine grained enough to navigate quickly, since you will often need to do so when treating this as a reference book. The characters in the code examples also appear disordered, for example you will see "p-" instead of "-p". If you have command line and programming experience, you can easily figure it out, if not you're screwed.
I use Linux (mandrake 8/8.1) with mysql/apache/php pre-config'd during OS install.
I have read quite few books recently to get myself up and running with php, mysql and web applications. After going through this tutorial, I am very confidant that I can create web apps using mysql/php. I had no problems with any of the lessons in the tutorials. The author does a GREAT job; no b.s that I didnt understand. I was able to log in to my remote host, setup user accounts, create the sample database perfectly.
I highly recommend this to beginners, at the very least. Ill further update this review int he weeks to come.
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Step 1. Buy this book.
Step 2. Try to understand it.
Step 3. Throw it in the garbage.
Step 4. Watch YouTube tutorials.Read more
You can understand immediately the philosophy of MYSQL.