and Using MySQL 2nd Edition (George Reese, Randy Jay Yarger,
Tim King with Hugh E. Williams); MySQL Reference Manual (by
Michael "Monty" Widenius, MySQL AB, David Axmark)
to the web site
Managing and Using MySQL and MySQL Reference
Manual you have two books with a total of over
1200 pages of knowledge aching to be absorbed
by your addled brain! Although you probably gathered
from the titles of these two books that the covered
material is related, the approach and purpose
for each is quite different.
Reference Manual is just that - a reference manual.
Those familiar with the popular open source database
program MySQL are also probably equally familiar
with the plethora of online documentation and
support for this fine product. This level of
support is something of an irregularity among
open source products. The full reference manual
can be easily accessed online.
this incredible resource available online the question is
why buy a book when you can access its content online in a
searchable format? Well that, my friend, is best summed up
by the author. He indicates that it gave them an opportunity
to provide all the documentation in a concise location. Literally
speaking, everything is here in this one book. The topic coverage
includes General Information, Tutorials, Database Administration,
MySQL Optimization, MySQL Language Reference, MySQL Table
Types, MySQL APIs, Extending MySQL, Problems and Common Errors,
and Contributed Programs.
the most part this manual reads like a manual. It's not particularly
colorful in its examples or wordy in its explanations, but
it gets the job done. Much like a dictionary, it also covers
just about everything and provides short, decent examples.
What it does not do is elaborate on how to use or do any one
thing. The book is primarily a helpful companion for those
who are doing development work with MySQL. For those out there
who are database programmers, it is likely to become a welcome
addition to your bookshelf and if nothing else it might impress
someone by its girth! If you are a beginner I would start
with something else (such as the second book in this review).
and Using MySQL, hereafter referred to as MU, is about getting
started with using this wonderful database program. First
off I need to point out that I couldn't help but take a liking
to the book when its authors used the rock group Jethro Tull
in some of their examples and even went so far as use its
primary member, Ian Anderson for additional examples. From
the start I knew the authors must be full of wit, intelligence,
and good taste!
topic coverage includes the following areas: Introduction,
MySQL Administration, MySQL Programming, and MySQL Reference.
In the introduction the authors provide you with a bit of
background about MySQL, where it came from and where it is
going. They next help you to install the application and then
provide an introduction to SQL as implemented by MySQL along
with some administrative information.
second section covers tuning your database and hardware, ensuring
that you have a secure environment and pointing out the pitfalls
in databases, applications and systems. It also includes a
decent introduction to database design and normalization.
A weighty topic to say the least, but one which the authors
manage to cover in a concise and informative manner.
third section covers more specifics such as database architecture
and working with various languages and MySQL. The languages
covered here are Perl, Python, PHP, C and Java. The section
on PHP covers additional important elements such as securing
user data, session management and writing data.
fourth section is largely a reference section and somewhat
redundant if you already have the MySQL Reference Manual.
However, different examples are always good when one is attempting
to learn something new. The specific reference areas covered
here are SQL Syntax for MySQL, MySQL data types, Operators
and Functions, MySQL PHP API, C and Python DB-API.
is particularly refreshing about MU's coverage is that even
items which are not specifically about MySQL get a fair shake.
For example, the chapter covering the use of PHP with MySQL
provides a wonderfully clear and concise explanation on some
key aspects such as security and sessions. If you are looking
to embrace MySQL, it's worth considering Managing and Using
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