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MySQL Admin Cookbook

Apr 12, 2010, 18:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Pyles)

"Like the O'Reilly Cookbook series, the Schneller and Schwedt book contains "recipes" of various MySQL tasks and solutions to problems, presented in a "hands-on" fashion. The book is organized into 9 chapters, holding a total of 99 recipes in all. Each recipe introduces the task, tells how to prepare to perform the task, offers the specific steps, describes how the task is supposed to work, and lists any additional information related to the task.

"While the book is written for both beginning and experienced MySQL admins, it doesn't cover any of the ground-level basics of learning MySQL, so I'd recommend you get your feet wet using MySQL before tackling the recipes the book offers. The book is also very Linux/UNIX/OpenSource-centric, so although solutions that apply to Windows users are present, the bias is to perform tasks from a Linux/UNIX user's point of view. For instance, the recipe "Extracting information from verbose output using the MySQL command-line client" on pages 114 - 116 can be performed only using Linux, UNIX, or Mac OS X platforms. This is refreshing for me, since I've encountered too many books that show the Windows way of doing things, even with open source applications, without illustrating how the same job could be done using Linux/UNIX."

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