The unexpected pleasure of reading books about databases is that they are often written by authors with highly organized minds. Paul DuBois and his editors at New Riders have assembled MySQL with a clarity and lucidity that inspires confidence in the subject matter: a (nearly) freely redistributable SQL-interpreting database client/server primarily geared for Unix systems but maintained for Windows platforms as well. What isn't "free" about MySQL (the application) is its server's commercial use; all clients and noncommercial server use are free. DuBois's tome isn't free either, but its list price is modest in light of its value and the value of its namesake.
The volume is superbly organized into 12 chapters and 10 appendices and contains a concise table of contents and a comprehensive 50-page index. It is peppered with references to the online HTML documentation that comes with the source and binary distributions (which are available and easy to install in stable rpm and tar releases.)
The first third of MySQL is an excellent instruction tool for database newbies; the second third is a detailed reference for MySQL developers; and the last third consists of clearly annotated appendices, including C, Perl (but not Python), and PHP interfaces.
Perhaps as an indication of the collective will of the developers of MySQL, DuBois does not separate Windows 95/98/NT design or development specifics from its main discussions. Platform-independent design is a goal, not a reality, and users will have to rely on newsgroups and mailing lists for details. Moreover, security issues are addressed in a mere 18 pages, a large part of which is devoted to standard Unix file and network-access permissions. Next to nothing is mentioned about defense against common hacking strategies, the use of secure shell interfaces, or access encryption.
Although it is nearly 800 pages in length, DuBois's book is thankfully not encyclopedic. It is a valuable précis of the MySQL database, and its easy-to-skim look and feel will make it an excellent browse for database experts who want to know what is and is not possible within MySQL, the application. --Peter Leopold
MySql is a very popular relational database for a number of reasons: it is free for most applications; while not open source it is heavily used by the open source community; and it runs easily on Windows and UNIX. The author's approach is to use two sample databases to explain SQL (structured query) databases with Perl, PHP, and C; administering MySql; and security. This book will be very popular with users who already understand relational databases and are trying to move from Microsoft or Oracle to MySql.
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Although I had experience with MySQL before reading this book, the format was a bit daunting at first. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2003 by MCF
I found the book to be very good introduction and description of Mysql. I also think the Detailed Command and Data Structure Appendixes are great. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2003 by Michael J. Packard
This book have a very understandable language.
Covers all aspects of MySQL and have particular attention on details that are usualy forgothen by authors (how to choose a... Read more
This book has gotten me out of many sticky situations. It covers the basics and covers many functions/ideas that the other mysql books didn't. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2002 by "sam_dlg"
Mr. DuBois it that rare author who is both master of a technical subject and a good writer. This book should be required reading for all computer authors. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2002 by Michael McKee
One of the first things I realized when I started reading and working off this book was "I wish I had bought this sooner". Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2002
This is a well structured manual that makes it easy to get up and running quickly and with confidence. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2002 by Mike Bowles
I've seen enough of these comments to believe this is actually author's comments.Published on July 22 2002 by Christine Perry
Out of about 30 technical books of mine, ranging from programming to UNIX/Linux, this book easily comes out on top. Read morePublished on July 4 2002