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MySQL in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell)


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Publisher Comments:

When you need to find the right SQL keyword or MySQL client command-line option right away, turn to this convenient reference, known for the same speed and flexibility as the system it covers so thoroughly. MySQL is packed with so many capabilities that the odds of remembering a particular function or statement at the right moment are pretty slim. With MySQL in a Nutshell, you get the details you need, day in and day out, in one concise and extremely well organized book.

The new edition contains all the commands and programming information for version 5.1, including new features and language interfaces. It's ideal for anyone using MySQL, from novices who need to get up to speed to advanced users who want a handy reference. Like all O'Reilly Nutshell references, it's easy to use and highly authoritative, written by the editor of the MySQL Knowledge Base at MySQL AB, the creator and owner of MySQL.

Inside, you'll find:

  • A thorough reference to MySQL statements, functions, and administrative utilities
  • Several tutorial chapters to help newcomers get started
  • Programming language APIs for PHP, Perl, and C
  • Brief tutorials at the beginning of each API chapter to help anyone, regardless of experience level, understand and master unfamiliar territory
  • New chapters on replication, triggers, and stored procedures
  • Plenty of new examples of how MySQL is used in practice
  • Useful tips to help you get through the most difficult subjects
Whether you employ MySQL in a mission-critical, heavy-use environment or for applications that are more modest, this book puts a wealth of easy-to-find information at your fingertips, saving you hundreds of hours of trial and error and tedious online searching. If you're ready to take advantage of everything MySQL has to offer, MySQL in a Nutshell has precisely what it takes.

Book News Annotation:

Consisting of 19 chapters, this reference alphabetically lists MySQL statements and functions, the most popular APIs used to access MySQL databases, and command-line options and configuration information for the MySQL server and utilities. Each entry provides syntax, an explanation of use, and often an example program written in Perl, PHP, or C. The second edition covers version 5.1 of MySQL and adds chapters on replication, triggers, and stored procedures. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


Completely revised for the latest version of the MySQL database, this book is a comprehensive reference to system commands and programming information, including the new features for version 5.1.

About the Author

Russell Dyer is a freelance writer and currently the CurriculumManager at MariaDB Ab. He worked previously for six years at MySQL Ab. as their Knowledge Base Editor. He is the author of MySQL in a Nutshell ( and has writen articles for several magazines: Dev Zone (a MySQL publication), Linux Journal,, The Perl Journal, Red Hat Magazine, SysAdmin Magazine, Tech Republic, Unix Review, and 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

Table of Contents

Preface; The Purpose of This Book; How This Book Is Organized; Conventions Used in This Book; Using Code Examples; Request for Comments; Safari® Enabled; Acknowledgments; Introduction and Tutorials; Chapter 1: Introduction to MySQL; 1.1 The Value of MySQL; 1.2 The MySQL Package; 1.3 Licensing; 1.4 Mailing Lists; 1.5 Books and Other Publications; Chapter 2: Installing MySQL; 2.1 Choosing a Distribution; 2.2 Unix Source Distributions; 2.3 Unix Binary Distributions; 2.4 Linux RPM Distributions; 2.5 Macintosh OS X Distributions; 2.6 Novell NetWare Distributions; 2.7 Windows Distributions; 2.8 Postinstallation; Chapter 3: MySQL Basics; 3.1 The mysql Client; 3.2 Creating a Database and Tables; 3.3 Show Me; 3.4 Inserting Data; 3.5 Selecting Data; 3.6 Ordering, Limiting, and Grouping; 3.7 Analyzing and Manipulating Data; 3.8 Changing Data; 3.9 Deleting Data; 3.10 Searching Data; 3.11 Importing Data in Bulk; 3.12 Command-Line Interface; 3.13 Conclusion; SQL Statements and Functions; Chapter 4: Security and User Statements and Functions; 4.1 Statements and Functions; 4.2 SQL Statements in Alphabetical Order; 4.3 Functions in Alphabetical Order; Chapter 5: Database and Table Schema Statements; 5.1 Statements and Clauses in Alphabetical Order; Chapter 6: Data Manipulation Statements and Functions; 6.1 Statements and Functions Grouped by Characteristics; 6.2 Statements and Clauses in Alphabetical Order; 6.3 Functions in Alphabetical Order; Chapter 7: Table and Server Administration Statements and Functions; 7.1 Statements and Clauses in Alphabetical Order; 7.2 Functions in Alphabetical Order; Chapter 8: Replication Statements and Functions; 8.1 Merits of Replication; 8.2 Replication Process; 8.3 The Replication User Account; 8.4 Configuring the Servers; 8.5 Copying Databases and Starting Replication; 8.6 Starting Replication; 8.7 Backups with Replication; 8.8 SQL Statements and Functions in Alphabetical Order; 8.9 Replication States; Chapter 9: Stored Routines Statements; 9.1 Statements in Alphabetical Order; Chapter 10: Aggregate Clauses, Aggregate Functions, and Subqueries; 10.1 Aggregate Functions in Alphabetical Order; 10.2 Subqueries; Chapter 11: String Functions; 11.1 String Functions Grouped by Type; 11.2 String Functions in Alphabetical Order; Chapter 12: Date and Time Functions; 12.1 Date and Time Functions Grouped by Type; 12.2 Date and Time Functions in Alphabetical Order; Chapter 13: Mathematical Functions; 13.1 Functions in Alphabetical Order; Chapter 14: Flow Control Functions; 14.1 Functions in Alphabetical Order; MySQL Server and Client Tools; Chapter 15: MySQL Server and Client; 15.1 mysql Client; 15.2 mysqld Server; 15.3 mysqld_multi; 15.4 mysqld_safe; Chapter 16: Command-Line Utilities; APIs and Connectors; Chapter 17: C API; 17.1 Using C with MySQL; 17.2 Functions in Alphabetical Order; 17.3 C API Datatypes; Chapter 18: Perl API; 18.1 Using Perl DBI with MySQL; 18.2 Perl DBI Reference; 18.3 Attributes for Handles; Chapter 19: PHP API; 19.1 Using PHP with MySQL; 19.2 PHP MySQL Functions in Alphabetical Order; Appendixes; Data Types; Numeric Data Types; Date and Time Data Types; String Data Types; Operators; Arithmetic Operators; Relational Operators; Logical Operators; Bitwise Operators; Regular Expressions; Server and Environment Variables; Colophon;

Product Details

Dyer, Russell J. T.
O'Reilly Media
Dyer, Russell
Programming Languages - SQL
Sql (computer program language)
Computer Languages-SQL
Data processing
CourseSmart Subject Description
Edition Description:
Second Edition
In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)
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9 x 6 x 1.14 in 1.69 lb

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