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Teach Yourself MySQL in 21 Days (Sams Teach Yourself) Paperback – 17 Dec 2002

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 2 edition (17 Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672323923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672323928
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 3.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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MySQL is the most widely installed open-source database. Approximately 3.5 million MySQL servers are in use and more than 45% of databases used on Linux worldwide are MySQL databases.

Its latest version, MySQL 4.1 closes the gap between MySQL and other, more sophisticated databases. Version 4.1 permits the use of MySQL as an embedded database, which means it can be compiled into another application and used in a range of devices.

The second edition of Sams Teach Yourself MySQL in 21 Days has been completely rewritten by a new author. The book enables a reader to create powerful databases using MySQL. He willnot only learn how to integrate MySQL into a database-driven Web site, but also how to embed MySQL into other compiled applications.

About the Author

Tony Butcher is a consultant for Tribal Internet. The company develops database-driven Web sites using MySQL, with PHP and other languages. He also takes on specialist MySQL consulting work and has installed, developed, repaired and tuned MySQL systems for over five years.

Having first encountered MySQL in 1997, he quickly recognised it as a powerful tool for enterprise-level systems. Since then has he used it in several mission-critical, heavy-load online databases.

Tony is an occasional contributor to newspapers and trade magazines, writing on various topics relating to computing and the Internet. He also co-authored the first edition of this book.

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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Well to start the study of MySQL 18 Jun. 2013
By Pablo Zurita - Published on Amazon.com
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At the time I bought it, I was very interested in MySQL. I liked the approach taken by the book, so I keep it yet.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great starter book on MySql 17 July 2005
By D. Trent - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best starter book on MySql that I've read and I've read quite a few. Start with this one.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Primer and More 21 July 2003
By Ray Varley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: 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 a very useful 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.
1.0 out of 5 stars Outdated Material with Syntax Errors! 30 May 2011
By Janet C. Steimel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Strongly discourage anyone from buying this book!

First of all the book is nearly 10 years old... and when trying to teach you how to configure Windows NT and IIS4?!? to connect to a MySQL database, what a joke! C'mon guys, how 'bout moving into the current decade.

Secondly, there are numerous typos and syntax errors that make getting through the material VERY difficult. It's difficult enough learning new material when you have good documentation; but there are so many typos and syntax errors in this book that you are constantly second-guessing your problems: is it a problem with the example in then book? Or an i doing something incorrectly?

There has to be better MySQL books out there. Don't waste your money OR YOUR TIME on this 2000 Copywrighted mess.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Check examples please. 2 May 2003
By Derek Schramm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It was missing alot of information in the area of new users and granting privileges. Quotations marks were left out of key commands to grant privileges and there are limits...There were misspellings of words. The book should have gone through spellcheck and a thorough test of examples.
I would rate this book lower but I admit, it helped me get started. If I didn't have teaching and other data processing experience I would be bald trying to follow this book.
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