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MySQL, 2nd edition [Paperback]

Paul DuBois
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17 Jan 2003 0735712123 978-0735712126 2

In the second edition of MySQL Paul DuBois provides an updated, comprehensive guide to one of the most popular relational database systems.

MySQL is the most popular open source database server in the world, with more than 2 million installations and customers including Yahoo!, MP3.com, Motorola, and NASA.

MySQL 4.0, now generally available, is a long-awaited update to the database management system that has many new features, including a new table definition file format, enhanced replication, and more functions for a full text search.

Instead of giving readers merely an overview of MySQL 4.0, DuBois continues to include the most sought-after answers to the questions he hears most often from the community.


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  • Paperback: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 2 edition (17 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735712123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735712126
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 17.5 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,763,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Paul DuBois is a writer, database administrator, and leader in the Open Source community. In addition to MySQL, he is also the author of MySQL and Perl for the Web, MySQL Cookbook, Using csh and tcsh, and Software Portability with imake.


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best MySQL book I purchased 1 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
In the second edition of MySQL, Paul DuBois provides an updated, comprehensive guide to one of the most popular relational database systems.
MySQL 4.0, now generally available, is a long-awaited update to the database management system that has many new features, including a new table definition file format, enhanced replication, and more functions for a full text search.
I am impressed by the clarity and usefulness of the introductory chapters that are targeted at readers new to databases. This section gives non-technical users the knowledge and experience needed to make productive use of a database very quickly.
The book make the learning for beginners piece of cake, and for experienced ones a lot of fun. It's focus is on couple of tables that you build in the first chapter, and keep manipulating throughout the book.
Easy language, great references and awesome appendixes. Listings of all the functions, keywords, syntaxes are available (in alphabetical order). Also separate appendixes for Perl DBI API, C API and PHP API makes it even more useful...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Database programming made easy 29 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is one of the most accessible books you could want to read if you want to get going with MySQL databases. From no database experience at all, this book helped me create interactive web pages in conjunction with PHP (though PERL and C are supported as well). The theory is explained but the examples are excellent and can be adapted for your own requirements. Major features of MySQL theory are explained but items such as database recovery, query optimistation and general database administration are covered as well.
I would recommend purchasing this book in conjunction with Luke Welling and Laura Thompson 'PHP and MySQL development' and you'll be amazed at what you'll be doing in a short space of time.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 24 Oct 2003
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If you only buy one MySQL book then make sure that it's this one. Well formatted and easy to read this book cannot be faulted.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In depth look on MySQL 24 Mar 2004
By Gabor Hojtsy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is not for beginners, or at least not for those coming from the GUI world without command line experience. Paul makes heavy use of the command line for his examples, and the book in fact contains a large amount of reference content on the command line tools you can use.
That said, the majority of the book is written in a well explained fashion, even the reference part at the end has lengthy explanations, so you will always find what you need. The reference section would be the ideal place to look at for type info, function parameters, etc. if the book would not be that heavy, but the precise explanations would not be possible otherwise.
This book tries to be everything for everybody, which is hard to accomplish. The first section provides an introduction to SQL, but there is also significant info for system administrators and a huge amount of pages on programming with C, Perl and PHP in connection with MySQL. If you are a beginner, and you are not interested in having your own server, or writing C programs, then this book might not be the best choice. However, if you would like to have a broad overview with details wherever you need, this book is advisable.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great as a reference / advanced text 23 Aug 2004
By A. justo Perez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was already developing mysql & php sites and apps when i purchased this book, so it was a good buy as a reference text, but if you intent to learn Mysql, there are better books than this one.

It is deep, slow to read, with rather small text size. For the beginner, i think it's not a good starter. But on the other hand it has almost everything you would want to know about Mysql, with lots of examples and quite well explained.

I learned Mysql and PHP from Sam's "Php and Mysql web development", and i couldn't recommend that one enough. It's a GREAT text for the beginner. I found myself writing Php/Mysql web sites in less than 3 months, starting from nothing.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding organization and lucid prose 11 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I had little experience with database creation and maintenance prior to my current project. In fact, I had been putting off getting involved in any database projects for fear of the learning curve. I'm midway through the project now, and DuBois' guide has been indespensible throughout.
Highlights:
* chapter organization -- starts with a tutorial on basic usage of MySql, and relegates installation guidance to an appendix. Too often such texts mix usage and administation in a chaotic jumble.
* comprehensive index -- I've yet to fail in finding a topic at the first entry I've searched.
* appendices (MySQL operators and datatypes, SQL, C and Perl api references) -- due to the size of this volume, these handy reference sections can be hard to thumb to, unless you glue in some post-its like I did, but they're worth finding for quick, clear descriptions of total Mysql usage.
* prose -- Terse (despite the volumes' 1200 pages), clear, and well-organized.
* author's background -- DuBois' close involvment in the ongoing efforts of the MySql project have given him a vast knowledge of the arcane differences in versions and operating systems as well as upcoming features. The 2nd edition is very uptodate at of mid-summer 2003.
MySql, BTW, has not disappointed.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly outstanding book 26 Sep 2003
By Andy M. Kar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Recently I had to write a mysql demo for a tradshow. I had
never worked with mySQL before. I got this book and was
able to complete a full fledged demo in a matter of three
days, working part time. The book is very well organized,
easy to read and understand and best of all the examples
work without modifications. I highly recommend this book
for beginners. I would have done so for all levels but
I'm not an advanced user of mySQL.
If you're thinking of getting started on mySQL this is the
book.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful 19 Dec 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When I first got this book I was put off by its size. I mean what developers have time to read books over 400 pages long? And this one is over twice that size. But I started reading it and I found that it is clear and explains things very well. I also found out that I don't need to read the whole book, because it is broken up into different subjects -- really like several books in one book. I am a single independent developer that is working on building a huge PHP, MySQL Web site and I need to know how to use MySQL very effectively and how to optimize what MySQL has to offer. Since I'm outsourcing all my hosting, at this time I don't need to know about MySQL administration, and since I'm only using PHP, I don't need to know about the other APIs, and I can use the appendixes as a reference for functions and such. So I only have to read about 350 pages instead of 1150. And if I find I need to know about MySQL admin or about another API, it's right there. So, I'm happy, and the book is great. I've read 100 pages so far.
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