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MySQL (2nd Edition) (Developer's Library) (edition 2003)

by Paul DuBois

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Title:MySQL (2nd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Authors:Paul DuBois
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Excellent introduction to MySQL. Has most of the stuff you need and everything is explained in a very plain language. My only gripe is that a lot of space is dedicated to interfacing with MySQL through PHP and Perl (and C) but not a word about Java, which I think is at least as important, judging by the current MySQL usage by programmers. It is an updated 2013 edition. ( )
  everfresh1 | Jun 26, 2014 |
This is old now but it is one of the best technical reference books I ever read. It has some of the best introductions to perl and php that I have ever seen, and they are not the main topic of the book. Chapters are concise and yet manage to explain things from the ground up. ( )
  iphigenie | Feb 4, 2008 |
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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

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MySQL is a client-server SQL database management system that is free for most users. This text provides a guide for all MySQL users, showing how to use the tools provided by the MySQL distribution itself.

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