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MySQL Stored Procedure Programming [Paperback]

Guy Harrison , Steven Feuerstein

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April 7 2006 0596100892 978-0596100896 1

The implementation of stored procedures in MySQL 5.0 a hugemilestone -- one that is expected to lead to widespread enterprise adoption ofthe already extremely popular MySQL database. If you are serious aboutbuilding the web-based database applications of the future, you need toget up to speed quickly on how stored procedures work -- and how tobuild them the right way. This book, destined to be the bible of storedprocedure development, is a resource that no real MySQL programmer canafford to do without.

In the decade since MySQL burst on the scene, it has become thedominant open source database, with capabilities and performancerivaling those of commercial RDBMS offerings like Oracle and SQLServer. Along with Linux and PHP, MySQL is at the heart of millions ofapplications. And now, with support for stored procedures, functions,and triggers in MySQL 5.0, MySQL offers the programming power neededfor true enterprise use.

MySQL's new procedural language has a straightforward syntax, making iteasy to write simple programs. But it's not so easy to write secure,easily maintained, high-performance, and bug-free programs. Few in theMySQL world have substantial experience yet with stored procedures, butGuy Harrison and Steven Feuerstein have decades of combined expertise.

In MySQL Stored Procedure Programming, they putthat hard-won experience to good use. Packed with code examples and coveringeverything from language basics to application building to advancedtuning and best practices, this highly readable book is the one-stopguide to MySQL development. It consists of four major sections:

  • MySQL stored programming fundamentals -- tutorial, basicstatements, SQL in stored programs, and error handling
  • Building MySQL stored programs -- transaction handling,built-in functions, stored functions, and triggers
  • MySQL stored programs in applications -- using storedprograms with PHP, Java, Perl, Python, and .NET (C# and VB.NET)
  • Optimizing MySQL stored programs -- security, basic andadvanced SQL tuning, optimizing stored program code, and programmingbest practices

A companion web site contains many thousands of lines of code, that youcan put to use immediately.

Guy Harrison is Chief Architect of Database Solutions at Quest Softwareand a frequent speaker and writer on MySQL topics. Steven Feuerstein isthe author of Oracle PL/SQL Programming, the classic reference for Oracle stored programming for more than ten years. Both have decades of experience as database developers, and between them they have authored a dozen books.

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About the Author

Guy Harrison has worked with databases for more than a decade, has conducted many MySQL and Oracle training seminars, and is author of several books on Oracle, including "Oracle Desk Reference" (Prentice Hall PTR). Currently a product architect at Quest Software, Harrison has conducted many training seminars and has authored several articles for the Oracle Technical Journal. He resides in Australia.

Steven Feuerstein is considered one of the world's leading experts on the Oracle PL/SQL language. He is the author or coauthor of "Oracle PL/SQL Programming", "Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices", "Oracle PL/SQL Programming: Guide to Oracle8i Features", "Oracle PL/SQL Developer's Workbook", "Oracle Built-in Packages, Advanced Oracle PL/SQL Programming with Packages", and several pocket reference books (all from O'Reilly). Steven is a Senior Technology Advisor with Quest Software, has been developing software since 1980, and worked for Oracle Corporation from 1987 to 1992. He is currently designing and building Qnxo (, the world's first active mentoring software.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an excellent book June 9 2006
By Felix Sheng - Published on
Having worked in java and oracle with pl/sql some time ago, I'm in the "probably better not to use stored procedures" camp for most environments - but now that mysql offers them, I figured it was best to see how they tackled the problem and this o'reilly book looked good by authors with good credentials. And, fortunately, O'Reilly didn't let me down - they've had really strong offerings recently after a bit of a bad spell and this book was no exception.

This book is well written and well organized - something too few books are these days! It focuses on incremental teaching, but sidesteps the pitfalls that many such books do by pointing out when certatin features are glossed over at this point to be further explained in a future chapter. This is the perfect way to handle that problem, but one so few books take the time to do, leaving you puzzling over whether or not you need to fully understand particular examples.

It's divided into 4 sections. For me, the heart of the book was in the first 2. The first "Stored Programming Fundamentals" gives you the nuts and bolts of the language - loops, blocks, variables, error handling, etc.. Very well written, very well organized and easy to follow.

The second part "Stored Program Construction" goes into more detail with working examples of stored procedures and functions. More language details are brought to light, it demonstrates how to use transactions in this context and triggers are introduced and explained. These two sections were great, to the point and easy to follow. The only minor qualm I had was their only incidental discussion of scoping - they'd address it with a sentence here and a note there, leaving you to glean how things worked. It's not complex, but a short paragraph dedicated to scope would have really been nice.

The third part, I think, was unnecessarily long. "Using MySQL Stored Programs in Applications" - this covered how to work in php, java, perl, python and .net. Which was great, but they put in about 150 pages, almost a quarter of the book to this task and almost all of it was dedicated to the basics of how to use databases in these languages. Very basic querying, etc. It wasn't in the scope of the book and shouldn't have been - the whole thing should have been a single chapter that just discussed how to work with stored programs in each of the languages.

The last section, "optimizing stored programs" was very good. It suffered a little bit from covering topics that shouldn't have been in the book - but they cover it very well. SQL Tuning is given a lot of pages, but they very succinctly cover many bases in a very easy to grasp manner. They discuss how to use stored programs to increase security, and they dedicate a chapter to the actual mechanics of optimizing your stored program code (aside from optimizing the sql that it might include). They conclude on an excellent Best Practices chapter that gives you the authors' insights on everything from development to style to sql practices. I really enjoy it when books include these, as it gives a lot of insight into how the authors think about programming and you can see where your thoughts coincided with and contradict - and hopefully (as was the case with this book) get you thinking a little bit more about things you might not be actively thinking about.

Overall this book is a great book. It's biggest failing, if you can call it that, was including too much. I would have liked a book maybe 2/3 the size and more tightly focussed. There are many books on sql optimization and hordes of books and online resources dedicated to using mysql with various programming languages. An excellent book that gives a pretty balanced view of the pros and cons of stored programming (although they do show a slight bias towards the use of - but what can you expect? :).
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good coverage of Stored routines, and more! Nov. 21 2007
By Shlomo Noach - Published on
This book has an excellent coverage of the MySQL 5.0 stored routines (stored procedures, stored functions and triggers).
But it also provides with invaluable hints and guidelines for general MySQL practices.

The book starts with PART I: covering the syntax and rules for stored routines. This part is straightforward and a very fast read. The authors tend to repeat themselves on occasion, though only when relevant.

PART II looks more closely at the particular rules for stored funtions and triggers. It also offers a transaction managing chapter, which describes transactions in MySQL in general, and in stored programming in particular. This chapter is very informative.

PART III discusses the use of stored routings from external programs: PHP, Java, Perl, Python, .NET. The authors establish their view of correct usage and provide with general recommendations.

In general, these three parts cover the stored routines material.
However, here comes a nice surprise: enter Part IV, which is a real gem.
This last part of the book discusses in depth MySQL query optimizations, indexing methods, performance issues, most unrelated with stored programming.
Why? The authors explain (and I agree with them), that most stored routines code will usually have SQL queries DML statements in them. It is their opinion, then, that to write good, efficient, stored procedures, one must be aware of how MySQL optimizes and handles complex queries.
I am not new to MySQL, yet have learned quite a few new things from this last part.
The book ends with a "best practices" chapter, which mostly provides summary for all issues discussed in the book, including some general recommendations for best practices in programming (which could have been left out, in my opinion).

All in all, this book is certainly a very good reference for anyone wishing to write stored functions/procedures/triggers in MySQL. The authors certainly have a strong expertise on the subject, and have a lot to tell.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MySQL Stored Procedure Programming Feb. 3 2008
By Rick H - Published on
The good: I found to book to be generally useful. The approach the book takes is good. Lots of examples are provided along with a good amount of explanation.

The not-so-good: There seem to be quality or editorial issues with some of the examples. When I run them through the query browser in MySQL version 5 I have problems with some of them. For example Example 2-7 calls another procedure new_salary, which doesn't seem to exist by that name in the book or on the website. This makes it much more time consuming for a newbie to actually run and digest the examples than it should.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Necessity For MySQL Developers Aug. 14 2006
By Dan McKinnon - Published on
'MySQL Stored Procedure Programming' by Guy Harrison is a wonderful book for any MySQL developers out there in the world. With the release my MySQL 5.0, stored procedures/functions and triggers were finally added, making MySQL a real-world database that could successfully compete with SQL Server and Oracle. While nowhere near as bloated as those 2 behemoths, MySQL has a rich, loyal following that loves this 'little database that could', but until the latest version, what it could do was good, but not good enough for many people.

Having MySQL 5 and the ability to now write stored procedures, this DB could be used to power even the most important of web applications. Having this book in your hands now gives you the power to learn how to perform this very task efficiently and effectively.

I love the writing, size, and great layout of this text. In true O'Reilly fashion it's packaged for the masses and it is a pleasure to learn from.

Chapter Overview:

01. Into to MySQL Stored Programs

02. MySQL Stored Programming 101

03. Language Fundamentals

04. Blocks, Conditional Statements, Iterative Programming

05. Using SQL in Stored Programming

06. Error Handling

07. Creating and Maintaining Stored Programs

08. Transactions

09. MySQL built-in functions

10. Stored Functions

11. Triggers

12. Using Stored Programs in applications

13. MySQL with PHP

14. MySQL with Java

15. MySQL with Perl

16. MySQL with Python

17. MySQL with .NET

18. Stored Program Security

19. Tuning Stored Programs

20. Basic SQL Tuning

21. Advanced SQL Tuning

22. Optimizing Stored Program Code

23. Best Practices in MySQL Stored Program Development

Everything about this book just screams YES YES YES!!! One of my favorites that I have had the pleasure to review and unless you are the most awesome of SQL developers, I have no doubts that you will love this book too!!

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than expected Sept. 29 2008
By Kevin Benton - Published on
This book clearly covers stored procedure programming well. Of course, it goes over basic syntax and provides examples, but it also goes much farther than that. This book discusses optimization of MySQL queries regardless of the use - in or out of sprocs. It also did a very nice job of discussing the use of cursors - the ability to iterate through the results of a query without being pelted with the entire result set all at once.

If you're developing on MySQL 5 or greater, and you're serious about letting the database handle things that make sense (i.e. denormalization, administration, and putting business logic into the database), this is an excellent resource.


o Thorough coverage of
- o stored procedures
- o functions
- o triggers
- o cursors
o Explains stored procedure optimization very well
o Serves as stored procedure cookbook
o Excellent coverage of stored procedure best practices
o Demonstrates use of stored procedures with languages like PHP, Perl, Java, and others.


o Title doesn't do it justice.

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