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Beginning Databases with MySQL

by DigitalKitty (Parson)
on Apr 15, 2002 at 20:13 UTC ( #159311=bookreview: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Item Description: Introduces the MySQL database to new users, etc.

Review Synopsis:

Since MySQL has become such a popular open source database, many programmers have flocked ( no pun intended ) to it. It combines a 'difficult to rival' feature set ( speed, stability, access to source code, programming interfaces, etc. ) at minimal or no cost. This text begins with a chapt. on installation ( win32 and *nix ) with an emphasis on a GUI set-up and CL. Virtually every aspect is explained carefully and throughly. From that point on, the chapts. are geared to more specific topics ( populating tables, performing operations on tables, etc. with SQL, etc. ). The valuable skill of database administration is covered as is the topic of securing an installation ( though not as completely as I would have liked ). If the reader does not have prior experience with the structured query language ( SQL ), I highly suggest they read a book on the topic before attempting this one as the knowledge is assumed.

Perhaps the most interesting topic deals with connecting to your DB with C/C++, Perl, PHP, or Java ( chapt. 12-15 ). By this point in the text, you should able to populate, retrieve, manipulate, etc. the info in any table you have access to. Surely, a valuable skill. This is another 'jewel' from Wrox press.



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[LanX]: 20 years ago traders were complaining about the latency of the trading system...
[ambrus]: I'm currently in the process of rewriting my proof of concept programs. They sort of developped organically as I was experimenting, so now I've got an ugly mess of multiple programs and one-liners held together by nothing. I'll have to rewrite them to som
[ambrus]: ething that's both cleanly organized and mostly automated.
LanX in train, bad connection
[Corion]: ambrus: Yeah - we're in that situation too, except that there is no time to do the reorganizing :-/
[LanX]: ... so my boss started a project with the newest sun servers and invited the traders to come on weekend to test it... and they were so pleased, that they forced him to keep it in production...
[ambrus]: Corion: sure, this is the long-term plan. The short term is that I have to run this ungodly mess to get results from the new input data today.
[Corion]: ambrus: Most of our "automation" is tied to process exit codes and a shell pipeline :-\
[LanX]: ... a week later they realized that one of the databases - which recorded how much the other banks due to this bank - was not correctly plugged

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