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Good but maybe not what you think. 16 April 2014
By 123monkey45 - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a very useful book but the title is not exactly correct. This is not what one usually thinks of as a cookbook and to be fair the author states this in the introduction.
This book isn't chock full of the usual how to create users. how to create tables ......, rather the author recommends you get an intro book for that. What this book does have is good coverage of advanced features of MariaDB. To name a few , changing storage engines (Tokudb,Connect,NoSQL), replication including Galera cluster, Sphinx text search, dynamic and virtual columns.
This book is excellent in this regard it will make you aware of features you may not have known even existed and for that reason I would recommend buying it.
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Great start for getting to know MariaDB 26 May 2014
By Daniel Lee - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The MariaDB Cookbook says it's a book for people wanting to get to know MariaDB, specifically if they already have experience with databases and want to know what sets MariaDB apart. True to its word, the book starts by introducing a concise but comprehensive set of recipes ranging from simple backups to the first steps in setting up a highly performant, secure and scalable database infrastructure.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who already has set up and/or administrated a database and is considering taking a closer look at MariaDB, or for anyone who has done simple things with MariaDB and would like to see a few options on how to scale their infrastructure. I found the book contained quite a few inspiring chapters on how to tune performance or usability in ways tailored to your specific needs. It also has some really interesting sections on setting up durable database clusters for the purpose of redundance, load balancing, etc. I would not recommend it to anybody who is unfamiliar with databases in general or to people who already know what they want to do and are wanting to understand the theory and processes involved on a more in-depth level. This is not the MariaDB Cookbook's intended audience.

That said, if you are looking for quick tutorials that explain exactly what you need to know - and not more - in order to familiarize yourself with MariaDB, you'll find the MariaDB Cookbook fits your needs precisely. It gives you a well-organized and concise glimpse into the world of MariaDB and also tells you where you can find additional information if you're interested in pursuing the background.

Although the author did a good job of explaining the basics, like how to install MariaDB on the various major OS, my favorite chapters were the somewhat more advanced topics. There's lots there about checking and optimizing tables, optimizing queries, installing plugins, switching to different storage engines, avoiding deadlocks and managing your threadpool in the first chapters. They're followed by (among other topics) sections on the very interesting CONNECT engine, which allows accessing data from heterogeneous sources from MariaDB, and various strategies for replicating the database and working with clusters. Shortly afterwards, the author discusses auditing before moving on to more exotic topics, such as virtual and dynamic columns,as well as full-text searches with Sphinx. The book ends by explaining some basic ways of securing your database on different platforms.

All in all, a fast read that's well worth your time if you have intermediate database knowledge at the get-go. I will definitely be looking things up in it again when I start my next project requiring a relational database.
there are enough differences that a comparison chart would be very useful for the reader 14 Aug 2014
By B. Keith Murphy - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Disclosure -- I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.

The MariaDB Cookbook is well written by someone who knows the MariaDB database server quite well. Writing a 300 page book by yourself is no small feat and Daniel has done it with aplomb. I am most familiar with Percona server and Oracle's MySQL server but I have been interested in MariaDB for some of its new features -- especially the multi-source replication. I took a look at this section in particular and it was well done with clear step by step instructions on how to accomplish multi-source replication. Each of the recipes follow this pattern with clear, concise steps. My only complaint about the cookbook items are that they might be that they are a little too concise at times -- although to Daniel's credit there are frequent See Also sections that point to deeper details.

As I read through the cookbook I kept thinking "this needs a comparison chart". For those who aren't familiar with the MySQL ecosystem there are three primary systems: MySQL Server (by Oracle), Percona Server (by Percona) and MariaDB which is more of a community-driven server supported primarily by the MariaDB Foundation and SkySQL. There are many similarities of course, and a database administrator would have no issue with moving from system to system. However, there are enough differences that a comparison chart would be very useful for the reader. I assume that the author and publisher feel that a comparison chart isn't relevant, but a one page chart in the front of the book comparing systems would be useful for a beginner.

This book would be very useful in my consulting business. An intermediate level consultant could take this cookbook and use it to perform many tasks with minimal oversight. It's a great reference manual for common problems that come up in your day to day administration work.

Keith Murphy
I like the digital copy 2 July 2014
By David Villalobos - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It is a bit complicated give my opinion about this book, the thing is that I expected more, let's see it this way, I bought the digital copy and it is OK, but, I will be very disappointed if I had bought the printed book since I think $45 is to much for this book.

All the recipes are good, but I like a bit more technical explanation since I like to understand the thinks I am doing.
An Inspiring Book 14 May 2014
By Pethuru Raj - Published on
Format: Paperback
MariaDB is being prescribed as a venerable offshoot of the proven MySQL database technology yet it has surpassed comfortably its parent on several aspects in order to be a quick choice for many kinds of enterprise-scale and multi-tier applications. This book, not only provides a comprehensive introduction but also details all the latest developments around and on this fast-evolving database system. Besides the explanation of the installation, configuration, optimization and tuning of MariaDB, the author had tried to convey a lot of advanced topics that have a direct synchronization with the database in a seamless and sequential fashion. For example, he has described about the replication aspect in MariaDB. The chapter titled as "Replication with MariaDB Galera Cluster" includes recipes that cover how to install and use this new clustering solution. It seems that the author has a leaning towards multiple search engines (TokuDB Storage Engine CONNECT Storage Engine and Cassandra Storage Engine) and has explained the nitty-gritty in a spectacular style. There is an interesting chapter "Searching Data Using Sphinx" that covers how to install and use this useful full-text database indexer and search engine. Finally there is a separate chapter for MariaDB Security

Precisely speaking, this book is telling a compact and convincing story about the new database "MariaDB". I am doubly sure that this book is an awesome for developers, architects, evangelists, DB administrators, and consultants.
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