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MySQL (4th Edition) Paperback – Aug 29 2008
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Paul DuBois is a writer, database administrator, and leader in the open source and MySQL communities. He has contributed to the online documentation for MySQL and is the author of MySQL and Perl for the Web (New Riders), MySQL Cookbook, Using csh
and tcsh, and Software Portability with imake (O’Reilly). He is currently a technical writer with the MySQL documentation team at Sun Microsystems.
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The first chapter is a tutorial, but after that, it's all reference material. If that is what you are looking for, great. But if your looking for beginner/intermediate material, this is not it. The book does not cover MYSQL Workbench at all which is what the newcomer to MySQL normally uses to get started. Nobody wants to learn MySQL just from a command prompt, but this is the approach the book takes.
After receiving the download of this ebook, I was astounded to find that the index was just a list of terms with no link to the actual location in the book where the topic is discussed. This is not true of all Kindle books, because MySQL High Availability from O'Reilly, which I also purchased on the Kindle recently, does have a working index where each item is a hot link into the book. The pagination of a Kindle book varies by the font selected, so I can understand removing page numbers from the index. But then you have to make the items links, like you have in the Table of Contents. I would caution anyone interested in the Kindle version of this book to consider whether they can use a 1200+ page book of technical information without an index. I have to wonder if this no-index policy is true of the other books from this publisher. I don't know how to find out without first buying the book for the Kindle.
Why not five stars? I could use a little more detail on underlying reasons and how-tos and a little better highlighting in the text to bring out examples etc.
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