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Paul DuBois’s MySQL has long been the definitive guide to installing, running, managing, and programming MySQL. It was so good, MySQL AB went out and hired him. Fortunately, he’s still had time to thoroughly update his book, which now covers both the production 4.1 releases (through 4.1.9) and MySQL’s emerging 5.0 products.
As in previous editions, DuBois covers MySQL from start to finish: installation, configuration, programming, day-to-day administration, security, optimization, and troubleshooting. The book also contains thorough, up-to-date references to MySQL’s data types, operators, functions, SQL dialect, its multiple APIs, and the program itself. DuBois also offers concise introductions to several new features finally beginning to show up in MySQL -- notably views, stored procedures/functions, and triggers.
If you’re working with MySQL for the first time, DuBois tells you all you need to get rolling: how to get it, install and configure it, begin interacting with it. But, no matter how much experience you have, this book will deepen your proficiency. It’ll be the first place you turn to learn something new -- whether that involves writing SQL or optimizing queries, working with the data directory, retrieving metadata, or preventing unauthorized access. It’s really all here: transactions, replication, backup, database repair, you name it. And there are plenty of examples: database commands, code, SQL queries.
MySQL, Third Edition is especially strong on programming -- from the absolute basics (“Why write a MySQL program at all?”) to nifty pattern matching and web applications. You’ll find extensive coverage of MySQL’s C API; PHP programming; and, especially, using the Perl DBI.
Simply put: If you’re going to depend on MySQL, you need MySQL. Bill Camarda, from the May 2005 Read Only