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on 1 March 2003
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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on 29 August 2003
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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on 24 October 2003
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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