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MySQL Explained

MySQL Explained

MySQL Explained is a step-by-step guide to the world's most popular database, which powers WordPress, Drupal, Magento, and Joomla.

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Key Features

  • Plain English and step-by-step instruction: Learn about databases and MySQL by following plain English, clear visuals and enjoyable step-by-step instructions.
  • Comprehensive introduction to MySQL: Understand the overall concepts of database design and MySQL, regardless of the software you are using.

Book Description


If you are new to databases and MySQL but need to learn how to work with these tools, then this is the book for you! This book is for people who want a better understanding of MySQL and database operations. This book is a fun, hands-on introduction to MySQL.

MySQL is the database software used for storing information behind some of today's most popular websites and online applications. In MySQL Explained, Comeau provides the background information you need to get familiar with database theory and the principles behind organizing data.

The OSTraining team has taught thousands of beginners - and thousands more who've experimented with MySQL but haven't mastered it yet. Nobody knows more about guiding MySQL users up the learning curve - from confusion to results!

The OSTraining team makes learning fun. Like their online training, you learn by following enjoyable, step-by-step instructions. OSTraining books are written in plain English and are supported by plenty of online documentation and videos.

MySQL Explained requires absolutely no experience with MySQL or database operations. Please note: This book is 100% aimed at MySQL beginners and people unfamiliar with database fundamentals. If you wish to delve deep into the complexities of MySQL, there are other books for you.

What You’ll Learn


This book starts from the ground up, helping the reader to understand the very definition of a database, the forms it can take and the different options for storing information. By the end of this book, you'll understand the reasons for choosing MySQL, the options for installing it and the tools that it offers to store and safeguard your data.

If you are in any way involved in designing or managing a website or data solution of any kind, you owe it to yourself to understand the tools involved. Quality database management systems are essential in today's data-driven world and such essential tools should not be a mystery to those who depend on them.

MySQL Explained can help you unravel the mystery and learn more about a technology that will be around for a long time to come.

About the Author


Andrew Comeau is a software consultant and programmer based in Ocala, Florida. Since the 1990’s, he has focused on database and application design with a variety of software, including MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server. In addition to development projects, he enjoys writing and shares his technical experience through his website at Drewslair.com, presentations to local groups and through his previous books, including “Microsoft Access for Beginners”.

Table of Contents

  1. Databases - In Theory and Everyday Life
  2. Choosing and Installing MySQL
  3. Database Design - The First Steps
  4. Database Normalization
  5. Servers and Databases
  6. Tables and Indexes
  7. Reading and Writing the Data
  8. Design Overview: Human Resources and Training Database
  9. Design Overview: Recipe Database
  10. User Interfaces
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