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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Best single MySQL Book you can buy!! June 3 2013
By David M. Stokes - Published on
Format: Paperback
MySQL by Paul Dubois recently was reissued in a fifth edition. I purchased my first edition of this book more than a dozen years ago and it has become heavily dog-eared, festooned with Post-Its, and hand annotated over the years. It has proven to be the `go-to' book when other books or the manuals did not explain to my satisfaction any questions that have popped up.
The author is part of the amazing MySQL Documentation Team for Oracle and certainly knows the subject. At 1,154 pages it is not light in weight nor light in detail. The chapters include `Data Types', `Writing MySQL Programs using C', `Security and Access Control', `System, Status and User Variable Reference', `Query Optimization', `Writing MySQL Programs using PHP', and `The MySQl Data Dictionary'. The layout is easy on the eyes and the examples are able to spotlight the idea being covered fully. The text itself reads easily and amazingly clear. This is the most complete single book on MySQL and the one book you would bring if you have to use MySQL on the fabled desert island that allows only one book. The book is detailed enough for gnarled DBAs to discover undiscovered gems while clear enough for a junior MySQL-er to be able to get through a rough spot.

if you run across this book in a store, head directly to chapter 13 on Security and Access Control where `How to Steal Data' provides any DBA a Steven King level horror story that will provide nightmare fodder for years to come. The author then guides you through MySQL security and provides the best details on Proxy Accounts I have found. Other chapters are equally profound and perfectly detailed.

It does cover some of the new features of MySQL 5.6 but 5.6 came out after this book was committed to publishing. This is a minor problem and should not stop anyone from getting a copy of this book in their hands ASAP.

And I apologize to Paul and his publisher for what I will do to this book in the next few years as I make notes, add Post-Its, fold corners on certain pages. This is a physically beautiful book that will look like a sea anemone as I make good use of it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A dump of information like the official manual Jan. 24 2014
By Jacob - Published on
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I am an intermediate MySQL user looking to master it. I've been using MySQL on a daily basis for years. This book is very comprehensive and thorough. However, it lacks the organization that makes a technical manual easy to read and reference. It dumps all the information on it's topics all in the same section and it doesn't break it up into beginning-intermediate-advanced. You can't read this book fluently and hope to retain much - it needs to be studied and poured over. Not the experience I hope for. If your a beginner I would recommend you look elsewhere because it is too tough and unpleasant a read, and as for the intermediate / advanced for the same reasons another book for be more useful to reference.
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Great resource! March 10 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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In-depth details about the ins and outs of MySQL. Written more toward an intermediate to advanced user. I've found it useful in getting to know how to get the most out of my database.
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MySQL Bible Aug. 29 2013
By Leslie Johnson - Published on
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In the net I found the book invaluable in understanding the inner working of MySQL for designing and building my database. This I'll keep it close at hand as I flesh out the structural details of my database and set to work at my keyboard. Later on it will serve as a primary reference on SQL syntax and query structure.
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Standard July 23 2013
By Rabih - Published on
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The defacto standard in MySQL references. The one comment I would have for this book would be to make the examples a little more relevant. No one is going to code MySQL straight through the terminal. Give some info on the GUI-based systems.