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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, authoritative reference
A good, authoritative reference which will guide you from finding out about MySQL and getting it installed all the way to configuring it, locking down security and optimisation, all the way through to good database design and day-to-day usage.
Even once you've got your database up and running well, this book is an invaluable reference to have to hand, for those...
Published on 29 Oct 2002 by David Precious

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2.0 out of 5 stars Buy the Dubois book instead
I bought "Managing and Using MySQL" in the hope that it
would include more up-to-date information on administering
and maintaining a MySQL database than the book by Paul
Dubois, which is now two-and-half years old.
I was disappointed. Although it constantly refers to new
features that are available in MySQL 4, it fails to cover...
Published on 14 Jun 2002 by David Harper


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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buy the Dubois book instead, 14 Jun 2002
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David Harper "Doctor David" (Cambridge, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Managing & Using MySQL: Open Source SQL Databases for Managing Information & Web Sites (Paperback)
I bought "Managing and Using MySQL" in the hope that it
would include more up-to-date information on administering
and maintaining a MySQL database than the book by Paul
Dubois, which is now two-and-half years old.
I was disappointed. Although it constantly refers to new
features that are available in MySQL 4, it fails to cover
important features of the MySQL 3.23 series of releases
at all. Given that many installations and ISPs still
rely on MySQL 3.23.x, the emphasis on MySQL 4 is premature.
One glaring omission is the subject of replication, which
allows real-time mirroring of a database server for
load-sharing and/or live backup. Even Dubois, writing in
late 1999, knew this feature was imminent, but Reese and
colleagues don't even mention it in passing.
If you don't already have "MySQL" by Paul Dubois, buy that
instead. It is a much better book all round, covering all
of the major subjects in greater depth. If you do have the
Dubois book, and you're running a MySQL 3.23.x installation,
you won't gain much from "Managing and Using MySQL".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, authoritative reference, 29 Oct 2002
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This review is from: Managing & Using MySQL: Open Source SQL Databases for Managing Information & Web Sites (Paperback)
A good, authoritative reference which will guide you from finding out about MySQL and getting it installed all the way to configuring it, locking down security and optimisation, all the way through to good database design and day-to-day usage.
Even once you've got your database up and running well, this book is an invaluable reference to have to hand, for those commands and their syntax that slip your brain. Well done O'Reilly, another quality title!
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