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Beginning MySQL

As the most popular open source database system in the world,MySQL boasts ease of implementation, minimal overhead, consistentreliability, and low total cost of ownership. This hands-onresource offers you a complete look at MySQL and explains how toimplement MySQL and access MySQL with various programminglanguages.

Using a task-oriented approach along with numerous helpfulexamples, this book takes you through the steps necessary toinstall MySQL 4.1 on Linux and Windows platforms, create and manageMySQL databases, query and manipulate data, and administer theMySQL database management system. By the end of the book you'llhave a solid foundation for understanding MySQL as a robust,flexible, and easy-to-implement application that has many diverseuses.

What you will learn from this book

  • Where to find MySQL components on your system and what toolsare available to access and manipulate data
  • How to set up logging, manage security, optimize performance,and back up and restore your system
  • Ways to insert, update, copy, import, export, and deletedata
  • How to access a MySQL database from within a specificprogramming language
  • Effective methods for establishing a connection to a databaseand issuing SQL statements

Who this book is for

This book is for programmers who are new to MySQL but who havesome experience in PHP, Java, or ASP/ASP.NET developingapplications that access backend databases.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programminglanguages and technologies easier than you think, providing astructured, tutorial format that will guide you through all thetechniques involved.

About the Author

Robert Sheldon’s MySQL programming is rooted in tenyears of experience working with SQL, as it is implemented not onlyin a MySQL environment, but also within SQL Server, MicrosoftAccess, and Oracle environments. He has programmed with SQLdirectly through database interfaces and script files andindirectly through PHP, JSP, ASP, and ASP.NET applications thatconnected to various databases and issued SQL statements. Roberthas also managed the maintenance and development of Web sites andonline tools, which has included performing project analysis,developing functional specifications, and managing database and Webdevelopment. He has designed and implemented various MicrosoftAccess, SQL Server, and MySQL databases, as well as developed andimplemented a variety of Web-based solutions. In all these roles,he has had to perform numerous types of ad hoc queries andmodifications, build databases, create and modify database objects,create and review embedded statements, and troubleshoot system- anddata-related problems.
In addition to having a technical and SQL background, Robert haswritten or co-written nine books on various network and servertechnologies, including two that have focused on SQL Server designand implementation, one on SQL programming (based on the SQL:1999standard), and one on Microsoft Office Access 2003. The books thatRobert has written contain training material that is designed toteach users specific skills and to test their knowledge of thematerial covered. Having contracted as the senior developmentaleditor for the Microsoft certification team, he brought to thesebooks his experience developing exam items that helped to focusreaders on the skills necessary to perform specific tasks. Roberthas also written and edited a variety of other documentationrelated to SQL databases and other computer technologies. He worksas an independent technical consultant and writer in the Seattlearea.

Geoff Moes is a software architect and developer who hasdesigned and implemented databases in MySQL as well as havingdesigned and implemented software systems in PHP, Java/J2EE, andASP.NET that have utilized MySQL databases through various databaseconnectivity interfaces. Geoff received his bachelor’s degreein Computer Science from Virginia Tech and has worked in thesoftware industry for 18 years. He specializes in software anddatabase architecture and development as it relates to Webbasedsystems. He has worked with several database products in additionto MySQL, including SQL Server, DB2, and Oracle. He has alsodeveloped a variety of software applications that have connected tovarious databases using several different languages and platformsincluding Java J2EE/JDBC/EJB, C++/ODBC, andASP.NET/ODBC/OLEDB.
Geoff’s publishing credits include “Passing ArraysBetween Jscript and C++” (September 7, 2000, ASPToday.com,under WROX) and three articles published in Windows & .NETMagazine (online): “Common Internet Hacker Attacks”(December 1, 1998), “Remote Web Administration, Part 2”(November 1, 1998), and “Remote Web Administration, Part1” (October 1, 1998). Geoff works as an independent softwareconsultant in the Washington D.C. metro area. When he is not infront of the keyboard, he enjoys photography, mountain biking,hiking, and international travel.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great MYSQL book! Aug. 29 2006
By Frank Stepanski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
MYSQL is an open-source standard DBMS now and is a great way (free) to get yourself started in learning about web design and how to create databases. This is a great book to use a starter guide to learning MYSQL or for people who have learned some MYSQL on their own and want a guide and/or resource for learning more intermediate topics.

The first thing the author goes into how to get/install/configure MYSQL whether it be on a Windows or UNIX environment. There are some differences between the two setups on the different OS so it's an important first chapter. The next chapter covers how to create a relational database while explaining good design with normalization, relationships (one to many, many to many, etc), understanding what a data model is, and showing some good database examples. Jumping into creating your tables before you understand design theory can be disastrous down the road when you realize you need to re-design your tables which can lead to hours of extra work.

Then of the meat of the book (Chapters 5 - 10) goes into explaining the SQL (Structured Query Language) in how to create a table, retrieve data, update, append and delete data. The author spends a good amount of time on the basics of SQL and shows some good examples. After the basics it shoes the MYSQL specific syntax more complex queries and uses working examples for each of them. The author does a great job of going through the syntax first then shows some examples and then goes through using the new syntax in a database project as well.

The rest of the book (Chapter 11 - 16) goes into administration tasks such as exporting and copying databases, managing transactions, setting up security and optimizing and performance issues. The final 3 chapters goes into using different web technologies (PHP, ASP.NET and Java) to interact with MYSQL databases and show data on a web page. A very nice change of pace that can prove helpful if you want to get into web development as well.

Overall this a great book on MYSQL that really explains the important topics with some great examples.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
SELECT attention FROM readers WHERE viewing = "reviews"; March 17 2011
By Larry Battle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Overall, I love this book, because the authors build your knowledge of databases from the ground up.

Before I got my hands on this book, I knew only a limited amount about databases. Now, I understand advance concepts (like foreign keys, transactions and optimization) and can design, implement and maintain my own simple relational database management system.

This is a thick book that took me about 2 weeks to finish and it would have taken even longer if I decided to follow through with all the "Try it out" sections, exercises and useful examples.

"Beginning MySql" covers the majority of MySql 4.1 by using the definitions of syntax and options as their main teaching tool throughout most of the chapters. This makes MySql easy to learn since you can reference the definitions as a cheat sheet when you're implementing a database design.

One thing that I noticed is that they need more proofreading. Every now and then, you'll encounter a typo or wrong information but this is expected since the authors warned of this in the introduction.
Example, page 299: "However, bitwise operations support calculations up to 64 buts".

The best part of the book, is appendix C. It briefly covers MySql 5 but they introduce you to Triggers, Views and Procedures while updating you on MySql new standards. For exmaple, MySql 5 supports foreign keys for all the table engines, not just for INNODB.

If you're the type that has a hard time reading documentation online, then I would strongly recommend this book. Otherwise you might be able to learn MySql using Youtube and the MySql homepage.

Note: Since this book only covers MySql 4.1, then you'll need to checkout the on-line documentation for changes in the current MySQL.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As you can see... March 16 2011
By bondibox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very informative, and the authors quite knowledgeable. Stylistically, however, they have a tendency to spoon feed the reader. I have crossed out more than ONE HUNDRED instances of the phrase "as you can see." The use of meaningless redundancies is a crutch that becomes a distraction to the reader. I also think the book could have been better proofread as I've found many slips, like saying parenthesis when they mean single quotes. The term "STRAIGHT JOIN" is written with an underscore in *every* instance - "STRAIGHT_JOIN" is not valid mysql syntax.
Learn MySQL here July 12 2014
By John - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is still sitting on the shelf. There's nothing wrong with it. It's just that you need to know programming before you buy this book and attempt to understand what it is talking about. It is not for beginners. Yes, it says Beginning MySQL. You are a beginner at MySQL. Otherwise it is a very good book. I know enough now to understand quite a bit of what it is saying, but I'm not ready to take it on just yet. Thanks

John
Five Stars July 11 2014
By sigor - Published on Amazon.com
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