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The scene is set with a brief history of MySQL, explaining its position as a fast and generally free alternative to the fuller-featured commercial heavyweights like Oracle or DB2. Next comes an introduction to SQL, followed by three chapters on administration, covering configuration, data recovery, tuning, security and user management. There's a brief look at database design too. That accounts for around one third of the book. The rest is about programming with chapters on using MySQL from Perl, Python, PHP and Java, and a look at how to extend MySQL with user-defined functions written in C. The last part of the book is a reference section, covering SQL syntax and functions, along with the MySQL API in PHP, C, and Python.
This is an excellent book for getting started with MySQL as well as a convenient reference. It has a broad scope, which means it does not go deeply into the various topics. For example, those using PHP might be better off with a more specialist title like Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL. On the other hand, Managing and Using MySQL is ideal for a general and highly accessible overview of what MySQL can do.--Tim Anderson
I generally love the O'Reilly books because they tend to be very thorough and have lots of practical code examples, but this book was a big disappointment to me. Read morePublished on June 27 2004
Great book to get you up and running with MySQL.
this is a typical book comes out of George Reese:
1. poorly written
2. shamelessly copy and paste existing materials from reference manual
3. Read more
The book helps one to program for MYSQL in C, or other languages for that matter, but the installation section does not describe how to set up the "my.ini" file. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2003 by Ewan Macpherson
The security chapter is well written and the reference section is comprehensive.Published on Feb. 26 2003
This book is an excellent reference book for MySQL. In fact I'd rate it the best MySQL reference out there when using MySQL as a coder. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2002 by J. Whittenburg
The book title is completely mis-leading. It has little info on administrate the server - little practical details. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2002 by Jack W. Wang
If you are buying this book to learn how to manage MYSQL look on.. There is maybe one chapter on server mgt.. and 20 on programming for mysql.
The server mgt. Read more