With an easy, step-by-step approach, this guide shows beginners how to install, use, and maintain the world's most popular open source database: MySQL. You'll learn through real-world examples and many practical tips, including information on how to improve database performance.
Database systems such as MySQL help data handling for organizations large and small handle data, providing robust and efficient access in ways not offered by spreadsheets and other types of data stores. This book is also useful for web developers and programmers interested in adding MySQL to their skill sets.
Installation and basic administration
Introduction to databases and SQL
Functions, subqueries, and other query enhancements
Russell Dyer is a freelance writer specializing in MySQL database software and is the editor of the MySQL Knowledge Base (http://www.mysql.com/network/knowledgebase.html). He is the author of MySQL in a Nutshell (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/mysqlian/) and has writen articles for several magazines: Dev Zone (a MySQL publication), Linux Journal, ONlamp.com, The Perl Journal, Red Hat Magazine, SysAdmin Magazine, Tech Republic, Unix Review, and XML.com. He has also finished his first novel, "In Search of Kafka". More information on Russell, along with a list of his published articles with links to them, can be found on his web site at http://russell.dyerhouse.com