MySQL Reference Manual: Documentation from the source Paperback – Jun 13 2002
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From the Publisher
This highly regarded and comprehensive reference manual comes directly from the members of the MySQL team. The book covers issues at all stages in MySQL use, from installation problems through performance tuning. Included are suggested uses of privileges to enhance security, many performance tips, and a sophisticated guide to error recovery. It also offers a thorough comparison of MySQL with SQL standards and other databases. No serious MySQL user should be without this book.
About the Author
David Axmark, Co-founder: David Axmark is one of the founders of MySQL and worked with the product well before it had a name. He has worked as a consultant and software developer for nearly 20 years. Interested in free software since the early '80s, David has been committed to developing a successful business model through open source software.
Top Customer Reviews
That being said, one of the biggest problem with this book is not its subject coverage, but its organization. Most technical books begin with installation instructions, or a brief overview of the software's purpose and the need it addresses and then moves into technical subjects. This one spends the first 10% telling you why you should use MySQL, and only then does it start delving into technical matters.
Skipping past that, the book's other big shortcoming is that it's biased towards a Unix mindset. Granted, the software was developed on Unix and the largest portion of deployments are on *nix. However, as a long-time Windows user with little *nix familiarity, a lot of the material is over my head. If they want Windows users to use MySQL correctly, they're going to have to make it much easier for Windows users/admins to understand.
The one thing I found the book does really well is to teach you exactly how to use MySQL using SQL, and documenting well where MySQL diverges from ANSI SQL compliance. The portion of the book strictly dedicated to teaching the user how to use it is well-written and thorough, I wish the rest of the manual was written this well.
But there is one area in which the online form is more useful: searching. By opening the MySQL manual in a text editor, one can search it, making the poor organization of the manual less of a problem.
The printed copy suffers from the same poor organization (indeed, it is the same as - or very, very close to - the online manual) but without the ameliorating factor of searchability. The index is not very good, but even if it was better, the scattering of information throughout the book would make for lengthy index entries.
Take security for example. What is the recommended process for securing a fresh MySQL installation? Start at the Table of Contents: Aha! 4.3 "MySQL User Account Management" Sounds promising. P. 249. GRANT and REVOKE Syntax? Not what I had in mind. I just want to know about the right way to secure the system and create new users. Back to the Contents. 2.4 "Post-Installation Setup and Testing" P.113. Nope, nothing there.
Last resort: The index. Security, against hackers, p.227. Nope. But that page is in section 4.2 "General Security Issues and the MySQL Access Privilege System." Now that sounds like it. Start reading section 4.2.1 on p. 224... "If you are able to connect successfully to the server without being asked for a password, you have problems! ... Review the MySQL installation instructions..." I thought I just did that. Now I know the secret is burried in the installation instructions. Back to Chapter 2. Still no dice.
Give up and install phpMyAdmin.
While I don't doubt that the answers to this and a myriad other questions are in there somewhere, the poor structure of the book makes it extremely hard to find anything.
A complete rewrite would do the trick.
Lack of a printed reference manual has long been a complication of using MySQL, although the electronic documentation has been great for the last couple of years! As author and MySQL developer Monty Widenius stated about the book (MySQL web site announcement), "The printed version of our highly-used reference manual will be an essential resource for any MySQL user, and it will complement the wide selection of MySQL books that are currently available."
This one, as the actual reference manual is a great complement to Paul DuBois' popular 'MySQL', which serves as the users manual. Together, these are the printed resources necessary to be a power administrator and user of MySQL! Thanks Monty!
Most recent customer reviews
This is simply the printed version of the online documentation. This is very handy to have when you are not in front of your keyboard. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003 by Laell
It's been a long wait, but finally a comprehensive MySQL Reference manual has arrived ! Definitive comprehensive and one might even say exhaustive - you'll want to keep this one... Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2002 by Mike A
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