Sams Teach Yourself MySQL in 21 Days
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Customer Rating: 5
Summary: An Excellent Primer and More
Comment: The book is aimed at the beginner/intermediate level, which I think is about right. Readers at both levels would benefit significantly from this well written and easily read volume.
Each chapter gives you a 'kick start' in that aspect of MySQL starting at a basic level and progressing to a stage where you have a very useful knowledge.
The chapters on Querying Data for example take you to a point where you (as an intermediate user) could do most everyday queries.
This is achieved by using straightforward examples with carefully graded and well explained steps. I never felt too pushed nor felt I was being patronised - quite an achievement.
What I particularly liked were the chapters on interfacing with the real world.
The chapter on PHP does not pretend to be a primer on PHP but does introduce the few functions in PHP which allow you to write to and query a MySQL database, retrieve the results and present them to the rest of your PHP code - just what a PHP coder needs from a book on MySQL. This is repeated for those who need to interface with C and PERL.
I would unreservedly recommend this book to anyone starting out in MySQL.
Customer Rating: 3
Summary: Check examples please.
Comment: It was missing alot of information in the area of new users and granting privileges. Quotations marks were left out of key commands to grant privileges and there are limits...There were misspellings of words. The book should have gone through spellcheck and a thorough test of examples.
I would rate this book lower but I admit, it helped me get started. If I didn't have teaching and other data processing experience I would be bald trying to follow this book.