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MySQL for Devs, DBAs and Debutantes
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Join 6500 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I just received my copy of the 5th Edition of Paul DuBois’ MySQL tomb. Weighing in at 1153 pages, it’s a solid text, with a very thorough introduction to the topic of administering MySQL databases. Buy the book here: MySQL 5th Edition by Paul Dubois [...]
MySQL 5th Edition by Paul Dubois
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MySQL 5th Edition by Paul Dubois

MySQL by Paul Dubois recently was reissued in a fifth edition. I purchased my first edition of this book more than a dozen years ago and it has become heavily dog-eared, festooned with Post-Its, and hand annotated over the years. It has proven to be the ‘go-to’ book when other books or the manuals did not explain to my satisfaction any questions that have popped up.

The author is part of the amazing MySQL Documentation Team for Oracle and certainly knows the subject. At 1,154 pages it is not light in weight nor light in detail. The

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The Needle in Big Data Noise
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Join 5500 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Also take a look at: I hacked Disqus Digests to discover new blogs Who the heck is Bayes Thomas Bayes was a scientist & thinker, Fellow of the Royal Society, and back in 1763 author of “An Essay toward Solving a Problem in the Doctrine [...]

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    Book Review – MySQL Workbench: Data Modeling & Development
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    MySQL Workbench: Data Modeling & Development
    Michael McLaughlin
    Oracle Press
    ISBN 978-0-07-178188-5

    MySQL Workbench is one of those tools that quickly becomes invaluable. It is a SQL query tool, a data modeler, and an admin tool all in one. As such a complicated tool, there is a bit of a learning curve before one can move beyond the basic functionality. Now there is a book that not only is a guided tour of MySQL Workbench but it contains little snippets full of DBA and system admin tricks that make this a must have for anyone using Workbench.

    The book is divided into six sections that starts with configuration. This part of the





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    Effective MySQL: Replication Techniques in Depth
    Ronald Bradford
    Oracle Press
    270 pages

    Effective MySQL: Replication Techniques in Depth

    Ronald Bradford has a way of distilling a great deal of information into eight chapters unlike any otehr author on MySQL. Replication has been one of the more popular features of MySQL, allowing it to blossom into environments ranging from the simplest to the awesomely complex. Usually replication is simple, predictable, and easy to manage. But this book is written for the MySQL DBA on the front lines




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    Opportunity a day – career risk at bay
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    Free Agent. Stress Test. Avoid Sameness

    As the globalization juggernaut rolls on, it continues to create more Detroits. Skills and perspectives quickly become obsolete.

    What to do in the face of such change?

    Small fires prevent the big burn

    So there’s your quick answer. Get the book if you want more!

    Some related material: why is it so hard to find a mysql dba?.

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    A handy guide for PHP and MongoDB Web Development
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    What makes a beginner’s guide handy is when it speaks to your intuition. It anticipates the burning questions that follow from a newbie trying to grasp new concepts and it quickly answers them. PHP and MongoDB Web Development – Beginner’s Guide is one such guide.

    I hadn’t heard of Packt Publishing or Rubayeet Islam before picking up this title and I must say I’m impressed. Based in Birmingham, with offices in Mumbai, part of Packt’s

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    The Age of the Platform by Phil Simon
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    I picked up Phil Simon's The Age of the Platform after running into his blog, and some of his writing online. Simon is an interesting guy with an obvious strong technical background. He's also an accomplished speaker and you can find several videos of his speaking online.

    The first thing that struck me about this book was how it came to be. The book was funded through Kickstarter, an online platform for people to fund their creative projects. Perhaps it was Simon trying to drive home the point

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    Book Review: OCA Oracle Database 11g: SQL Fundamentals I: A real-world Certification Guide
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    Good books on databases are rare. So permit me to step out of my normal MySQL-centric role and review a new book that is very good and covers a lot of generic relational database territory while also teaching the basics of Oracle 11g. I would estimate that 10% of the book is 11g and the rest would be valuable to new DBAs of other database systems. Besides, seeing how other databases perform some tasks differently may spur you to improve your own.

    OCA Oracle Database 11g: SQL Fundamentals I: A real-world Certification Guide
    Author: Steve Reis

    Database books are hard to write. Databases are not warm, easy to understand and the many concepts can require a student on the subject to concentrate on many obtuse factors all at one time. Presenting the material in a clear and concise fashion


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    What Wouldn’t Google Do?
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    In his latest book, What Would Google Do? Jeff Jarvis seems to have authored a gushing tribute to the search giant that has pledged to do no evil. He paints a very optimistic picture, and shows us over and over how Google has opened up industries, and how that same openness helps consumers like you and I.

    Jarvis, if you don't know him by name, has been a journalist for some time, but gained particular cred and notoriety when he blogged with the headline "Dell lies. Dell Sucks" after his horrible

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    Scalability Rules for managers and startups
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    Abbott and Fisher’s previous book, The Art of Scalability received good reviews for shifting the way we think about scalability from merely splitting databases and adding servers, to include the human factors that weigh heavily on its success. Together with the authors’ distinguished pedigree (PayPal, Amazon, and eBay between them), I picked up a copy of their second book, Scalability Rules - 50 Principles for Scaling Web Sites without a second

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    Review: Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky
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    Clay Shirky tells a great story. Here Comes Everybody begins with a case of a lost phone in a taxi cab, and the extraordinary turn of events that led to the owner retrieving it. From photos posted online, to NYPD who were uninterested in following up, to taking it all online. Through that online publicity, the story got picked up by the NY Times and CNN, which put pressure on the police to track down the taxi.  It's a great example that illustrates the nuances, both good and bad, powerful and persistent that the Internet can unleash.

    Throughout the book he

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    Book review – Trust Agents by Chris Brogan & Julien Smith
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    Stumbling onto 800-CEO-Read, and their top books feature, I found Brogan and Smith's work.  Brogan's blog intrigued me enough so I walked down to the Strand here in NYC to pick up a copy.

    What I found was an excellent introduction to the nebulous world of social media marketing, where you find all sorts of advice and suggestions on how to engage your target audience.  If you're feeling like an ignoramus on matters of social media, Trust Agents is a great place to start and will give you

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    Book Review – Effective MySQL
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    Effective MySQL: Optimizing SQL Statements by Ronald Bradford No Nonsense, Readable, Practical, and Compact I like that this book is small; 150 pages means you can carry it easily.  It’s also very no nonsense.  It does not dig too deeply into theory unless it directly relates to your day-to-day needs.  And those needs probably cluster [...]

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    Book Review – The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
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    What do you do after founding not one, but two companies and watching them fail miserably all by the time you were barely out of college?

    Move to the Valley, make shrewd investments in other startups and become insanely rich like Sean Parker? A Bit lofty perhaps. How about try, try again and succeed. Then reinvent yourself as a guru dishing out startup wisdom through your blog and publishing a book that ends up the top of the New York Times Bestseller's list. That's essentially what Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup

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    Book Review – Help! by Oliver Burkeman
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    Help! How To Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done

    I've long overcome that sheepish feeling when browsing the Self-help section at the bookstore. Sure, How to Make Friends and Influence People or the Seven Steps to World Domination in your bookcase aren't exactly the sort of titles to suggest a deep intellect but I like to keep an open mind when checking out the latest hardcover secret to happiness and

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    Review: MySQL for Python by Albert Lukaszewski
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    Packt Publishing recently sent me a copy of MySQL for Python to review and after reading through the book I must say that I’m rather impressed at the variety of topics that the book covers.

    It starts off with the basics of setting up MySQL for your testing/development needs by going over several of the common installation and configuration methods. After that it’s a quick intro for connection methods and simple error reporting for connections. The author gives a quick intro to CRUD and how it relates to databases and python before heading into the common tasks of simple queries. I was surprised to see some database profiling discussion; which is rather handy for a new coder or a

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    Review: MySQL Admin Cookbook
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    MySQL Admin Cookbook from Packt Publishing, authored by Daniel Schneller & Udo Schwedt, is a new addition to the MySQL literary genre with 99 great recipes for mastering MySQL configuration and administration. Announcing quick answers to common problems, these 99 recipes cover a broad spectrum of managing MySQL, and are appropriate for new MySQL administrators as well as more experienced administrators. MySQL Admin Cookbook is available in dead tree and PDF formats. The book's website is: https://www.packtpub.com/mysql-admin-cookbook/book with errata found at http://www/packtpub.com/support.


    Subjects Covered

    • Replication
    • Indexing Tools


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    Review: MySQL Admin Cookbook
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    MySQL Admin Cookbook from Packt Publishing, authored by Daniel Schneller & Udo Schwedt, is a new addition to the MySQL literary genre with 99 great recipes for mastering MySQL configuration and administration. Announcing quick answers to common problems, these 99 recipes cover a broad spectrum of managing MySQL, and are appropriate for new MySQL administrators as well as more experienced administrators. MySQL Admin Cookbook is available in dead tree and PDF formats. The book's website is: https://www.packtpub.com/mysql-admin-cookbook/book with errata found at http://www/packtpub.com/support.


    Subjects Covered

    • Replication
    • Indexing


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    Book Review: MySQL Admin Cookbook
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    Usually I try to avoid the cookbook type of computer books because usually the 'recipies', often messy scripts or pages of obfuscated code, seem only to work for the authors and not for me. So I had a little trepidation when I was asked to review the MySQL Admin Cookbook. Daniel Schneller and Udo Schwedt manage to pack a lot of very solid information into 360 pages of text that would work for novice to intermediate MySQL DBAs and provide some food for thought for seasoned DBAs.

    What I liked: The material was presented with the reasons behind the recipe and pointers to useful tools. Yes, all the material is in the manuals but sometimes there are too many trees in the way for a novice so see the trees.

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    Reviewed: Managing Software Development with SVN and Trac
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    I’ve recently been migrating my wiki/documentation for Kontrollbase to Trac. For those that are not aware, Trac is a web-based documentation/wiki/Subversion tool that is used by countless number of software projects. Subversion, of course, is a software collaboration and code management repository that manages branches/tags/trunk files with revision control. It’s one of the most heavily used open-source code repositories available. Given that I use SVN (subversion) for all of my software applications and am now using Trac, the book “Managing Software Development with Trac and Subversion” by David J Murphy comes as a useful and great

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    Review: MySQL Administrator's Bible
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    On the front cover of MySQL Administrator’s Bible is a sentence that reads:

    “The book you need to succeed!”

    I must say, I do agree. Authored by two very experienced DBAs, Sheeri Cabral and Keith Murphy,
    they’ve combined their talents to cover what you really need to know to
    succeed. This book is very versatile. If you’re new to MySQL, or
    experienced in another database and have to start administrating MySQL,
    you need this book. I can honestly say, even if you have years of MySQL
    experience, you will learn




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    Review: MySQL Administrator's Bible
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    On the front cover of MySQL Administrator’s Bible is a sentence that reads:

    “The book you need to succeed!”

    I must say, I do agree. Authored by two very experienced DBAs, Sheeri Cabral and Keith Murphy,
    they’ve combined their talents to cover what you really need to know to
    succeed. This book is very versatile. If you’re new to MySQL, or
    experienced in another database and have to start administrating MySQL,
    you need this book. I can honestly say, even if you have years of MySQL
    experience, you will learn




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    Book review: Optimizing Oracle Peformance
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    Optimizing Oracle Performance by Cary Millsap and Jeff Holt uses Oracle to make its points, but these points apply also to MySQL. The primary lesson I took away from this book is: all else aside, optimize/fix the user-action that provides the most economic benefit to the company; do this by profiling just that action and optimizing/fixing the most time-consuming events even if they are “idle” or “wait” events.

    The authors call the aforementioned approach to performance optimization “Method R”. It’s meant to be deterministic and teachable unlike “Method C”–the conventional method–whereby one uses their best judgment and experience to find the cause(s) of problems and fix them. I agree, and Method R is fundamentally, imho, just the

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    Reading "High Performance MySQL, 2nd Edition"
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    I haven't received my copy of the book yet, but being unable to control my temptation I have started reading it over Safari while waiting for my own very personal copy. :)

    Already a fan of the first edition, you can feel the same charisma being carried over in this book also. The best part of the book is the simplicity by which you are set sailing over MySQL.

    Without doubt, it is one of the best books MySQL can ask for. Certainly, I would recommend this book to anyone who is associated with the word MySQL. Or otherwise if you answer yes to any of these questions below, then go and grab a copy.

    • Are you a developer working/struggling with MySQL?
    • Are you a DBA working/struggling with MySQL?
    • Do you intend to learn MySQL?
    • Are you fascinated by databases and
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