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MySQL and mSQL Paperback – Jul 11 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 502 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 11 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565924347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565924345
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,540,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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MySQL and mSQL provides the essentials to programming with these two popular Unix freeware database packages in C/C++, Perl, Python, and Java. The book begins with a fine introduction to databases that covers tables, fields, indexes, and normalization. Then it explains the history of the freeware mSQL and MySQL packages (which offer better performance than commercial relational database management system (RDBMS) packages, though they don't support transactions or other features). Next the authors look at SQL as used within MySQL and mSQL and clarify where to download these packages and how to install them. Examples of how to program with MySQL/mSQL in C/C++ follow.

One of the best parts of this book is its introduction to using Common Gateway Interface (CGI) and Perl to power a Web site with a MySQL/mSQL database. This section offers complete information on using mSQL Perl (and the emerging Database Independent [DBI] standard) for developing CGI database scripts in Perl, and it includes clear examples (including a student database). The book then moves from Perl on to other programming languages--Python and Java. Reference material to all the relevant APIs is featured for each language.

Whatever programming API you choose, MySQL and mSQL are ready to meet the needs of the small to moderate-size Web site. This book delivers essential information on these packages and will help both Web masters and programmers get the most out of these powerful freeware database tools. --Richard Dragan

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Using a database is the ony way to assure that a web siteAeven a small web siteAwill scale as Internet traffic grows. MySQL & mSQL are two very popular databases for those small sites, first because they are comparatively easy to use and second because they are freeware designed for Linux and UNIX systems. Yarger's book is a great tutorial; covering both programs it is sure to be in demand in public and undergraduate libraries. It is not really appropriate for database beginners, but it will serve intermediate users and is an excellent technical guide for those who already know SQL but don't know MySQL & mSQL.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Paperback
This books provides a good all around introduction to databases, SQL and the mSQL and MySQL database servers. It tends to favor MySQL a bit more, but this seems appropriate given that MySQL is now far more advanced than mSQL.
It also serves as a pretty good reference for both servers (though, by no means a complete one). It explains some database building basics, as well as what 2NF and 3NF mean (and how to make your database 3NF). It contains several useful chapters on different APIs to MySQL and mSQL including a very helpful introduction to the Perl DBI.
I still find the reference pages pretty helpful, but for people looking for an advanced reference, I'd say look elsewhere (perhaps "Managing and Using MySQL" (ASIN 0596002114)).
If you're just learning SQL or MySQL, this is a great book!
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By A Customer on July 18 2002
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Very disappointing. O'Reilly books generally mean quality but this one is terrible. It's poorly organized and the idea of covering both MySQL and mSQL in the same book simply doesn't work. Most people will be using one or the other and will be flipping back and forth trying to find the relevant chapters. What information there is is not particularly useful or insightful, consisting mostly of technical references which are done much better on the MySQL site. Not recommended.
Instead of this book, I would go with:
The Practical SQL handbook- for general learning about SQL
MySQL by Paul DuBois
and depending on whether you plan to use PHP or Perl:
MySQL and Perl for the Web by Paul DuBois
PHP and MySQL Web Development by Luke Welling and Laura Thomson
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Format: Paperback
Simply the best MySQL intro book. If you have no MySQL experience I believe you have no idea where to start from and this book is a perfect tutorial that guide MySQL newbie step by step to more and more complicated aspects of MySQL. Even if almost 1/3 of the book is about programming MySQL using different languages, you will find enough information to get basic MySQL experience, have a clear understanding of all MySQL concepts and be prepared to read (and understand) MySQL reference books ( You will need them anyway :-) )
Even when you finish to read this book
it will serve you as good SQL (mSQL and MySQL dialects) reference.
Conclusion: this is your first MySQL book! I think the second will be MySQL Reference Book.
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The books was my first introduction to MySQL ( I never read anything about mSQL out of choice) and I felt it started of well, but as I got further the book lacked depth both in examples and content. The second half is more like a reference manual probably good for someone with prior knowledge. I guess O'relliy could do better having more detailed examples and an online reference code / cd with ready examples from the book.
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