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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Overview of MySQL, 14 Jun 2003
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This review is from: Teach Yourself MySQL in 21 Days (Sams Teach Yourself) (Paperback)
The book is aimed at the beginner/intermediate level, which I think is about right. Readers at both levels would benefit significantly from this well written and easily read volume.
Each chapter gives you a ‘kick start’ in that aspect of MySQL starting at a basic level and progressing to a stage where you have gained very useful practical knowledge.
The chapters on Querying Data for example take you to a point where you (as an intermediate user) could do most everyday queries.
This is achieved by using straightforward examples with carefully graded and well explained steps. I never felt too pushed nor felt I was being patronised – quite an achievement.
What I particularly liked were the chapters on interfacing with the real world.
The chapter on PHP does not pretend to be a primer on PHP but does introduce the few functions in PHP which allow you to write to and query a MySQL database, retrieve the results and present them to the rest of your PHP code – just what a PHP coder needs from a book on MySQL. This is repeated for those who need to interface with C and PERL.
I would unreservedly recommend this book to anyone starting out in MySQL.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beginner guide to learning MySQL, 13 July 2004
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This review is from: Teach Yourself MySQL in 21 Days (Sams Teach Yourself) (Paperback)
I originally brought the teach yourself MySQL in 24hours. This was good enough to get me started, and interested in using MySQL, but lacked enough detail. This book is the one i should have brought to start off with, in the first couple of chapters it explains databases for beginners really well. It is a must for anyone looking at learnign about databases whether Access or MySQL.
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Teach Yourself MySQL in 21 Days (Sams Teach Yourself) by Anthony Butcher (Paperback - 17 Dec 2002)
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