May 30, 2002
Master MySQL with O'Reilly's "Managing & Using MySQL, 2nd Edition"
Sebastopol, CA--MySQL is a robust, easy-to-use open source database
that powers major web sites including Yahoo! Finance, the U.S. Census
Bureau's FedStats site, and Slashdot. In eWeek Labs' February, 2002,
comprehensive benchmark study of five server databases, they concluded
that "Overall, Oracle9i and MySQL had the best performance and
scalability." And this performance comes cheap--MySQL's GPL-licensed
version is free for internal use, and commercial licenses and support
are quite inexpensive compared to the competition. With this potent mix
of power and affordability, MySQL has become a major player in the
database arena. Managing & Using MySQL, 2nd Edition (O'Reilly, US
$39.95) covers MySQL from installation to programming interfaces to
With the help of "Managing & Using MySQL, 2nd Edition," you will be
able to create and support complex, high-demand database applications.
Useful for both programmers and database administrators, the book moves
from the basics to advanced material on security, optimization, and
program design. This new edition adds the latest information about
MySQL 4.0.1 and its most important programming language interfaces.
- Database design, with a step-by-step illustration of good
- Optimization, including tricks to improve transaction performance
- Security, plus a reference to the internal MySQL tables
- Using C/C++, Java, Perl, PHP, or Python to write programs that
interact with a MySQL database
- Configuring MySQL for Mac OS X
The book concludes with a 125-page reference section that covers SQL
Syntax for MySQL, MySQL Data Types, Operators and Functions, and
sections on the MySQL PHP API, C, and the Python DB-API.
What the critics said about the first edition (titled "MySQL & mSQL"):
"'MySQL & mSQL' is a superb addition to the Linux and Unix applications
library...Yarger, Reese and King...illustrate the principles and
procedures from installation through applications programming in a
logical order and well-written and readable style. The reference
section furnishes a bonus that will be valued by programmers. 'MySQL &
mSQL' is an excellent and portable guide to the essentials of database
design, its functions, and processes that every administrator,
programmer, and serious user should read and use."
--Elizabeth Zinkann, Sys Admin Magazine, November 1999
"Two powerful, closely-related SQL databases, mSQL and MySQL, are
covered in detail in this excellent guide from O'Reilly...To get great
database performance without paying an arm and a leg for it, download
one of these databases and get your copy of O'Reilly's 'MySQL & mSQL.'"
--Bill Camarda, Editor, barnesandnoble.com
"...a superb reference for both database administrators and programmers
who are working with MySQL and mSQL, or who are interested in using
either of these affordable, yet powerful, relational databases."
--Writers Write, March 2000
"...a good book for someone looking to use one or both of these
products. It has an excellent introduction to the theory behind
relational databases and explains data normalization--in a relatively
clear and concise way...If you are interested in writing applications
that use a database, 'MySQL & mSQL' is a good place to start."
--Reuven M. Lerner, Linux Journal, November 1999
"This book does a great job of illustrating what MySQL and mSQL have to
offer database newbies and old timers alike."
--Ross M. Greenberg, Linux Magazine, February 2001
"Regardless of the experience you have, it is likely that some part of
this book will be useful to you. And, if having started from knowing
nothing, this book will last a long time as its use changes from
instructional text to reference work if you're looking to learn to use
the MySQL/mSQL tools. To learn about relational databases, and
especially if you're looking to develop a database-driven web site,
you're probably not going to find a better book than this. The book is
clear and concise, as always with O'Reilly, and the examples are full
and relevant. If you've ever read an O'Reilly book before, you'll know
what to expect; this is another quality title in the O'Reilly stable.
For those who've never read an O'Reilly title, this is a great place to
--Alex Hudson, www.shelflug.co.uk, April 2000
Managing & Using MySQL, 2nd Edition
By George Reese, Randy Jay Yarger, Tim King, with Hugh E. Williams
0-596-00211-4, 442 pages, $39.95 (US), $61.95 (CAN)
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