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Posted July 11, 2004
The other day I was asked to recommend a book on MySQL, which is one of the many things I am asked to do as a degreed/certified IT professional, but I digress. Knowing that most people have not yet learned the art of tech divination, I set out to find a book that would give a good basic understanding and result in the fewest phone calls for continued help from the database novice in question. While searching for this Rosetta Stone for MySQL, I came across this little gem. I skim all books I think about buying to see if the book is worth it¿s weight in paper, but this time I ended up reading the first two chapters at the bookshelf. The layout and content of this book is exactly what I would teach someone wanting to start using MySQL, and the computer jargon is kept to a minimum or clearly explained. This book delivers just what it promises: essential skills and a working understanding of MySQL with a bonus of PHP basics.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 9, 2004
Coding Fun? It is in this book!
It's true! Coding can be fun! Databases can be fun! I picked up this book totally ignorant about MySQL, but came away feeling pretty confident about putting an interactive database on my site. The book reads incredibly well-- clearly the author is as good with English as she is with coding. The screen captures are particularly clear, and you feel as if you've been taken by the hand and led confidently through the minefield of coding! Each chapter has tips and a test to check you've mastered the content before you move on. It's structured so you start as a total beginner and end something of an expert. Fun examples are used throughout, in keeping with the pace and style of the book. This book will become a well-thumbed friend. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.