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In the world of online auction houses, instant mortgages, worldwide reservations, global communication, and overnight deliveries, it's not surprising that even the least technically savvy individuals in our culture are, to some degree, familiar with the concept of a database. Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great MYSQL book! Aug. 29 2006
By Frank Stepanski - Published on
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
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.
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As you can see... March 16 2011
By bondibox - Published on
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 E. Hunter - Published on
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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

Five Stars July 11 2014
By sigor - Published on
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