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MySQL 4.0 is finally here -- with enough power and performance for virtually any mainstream application, and a licensing model that will make Oracle and Microsoft users drool. In Mastering MySQL, Ian Gilfillan shows you how to use, manage, and optimize MySQL in just about any environment.
Gillfallan offers beginners “quickstarts” for both database developers and administrators, then moves rapidly into more advanced concepts and techniques. For example, there’s extensive coverage of optimization, from indexes to the performance-related intricacies of mysqld variables.
You’ll find detailed coverage of both traditional applications and transactional applications utilizing MySQL 4’s new transactional storage engine. (While many of Gillfalan’s code examples utilize PHP, he also provides reference information for developers using Perl DBI, the Python Database API, Java and C APIs, ODBC, even .NET database access.) The book also contains a full section on database design -- including a practical, chapter-length introduction to normalization.
Gillfalan’s systematic coverage of MySQL database administration encompasses MySQL utilities; startup/shutdown; logging; table checking and repair; backup, replication, database security, and more. Whatever your MySQL application, Mastering MySQL will help you build it better, run it faster, and manage it more effectively. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.