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Pengwyn44
November 21st, 2008, 03:36 PM
Can anyone recommend a text book for beginners to MySql please?
The on-line help files all seem to presume a knowledge of the basics.
Pengwyn44

koenn
November 21st, 2008, 03:42 PM
This seems to be not bad:
http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/

could it be that most resources presume some knowledge of relational database systems, and it's that which you need rather than "mysql for dummies" ?

JDiss
November 21st, 2008, 04:06 PM
Can anyone recommend a text book for beginners to MySql please?
The on-line help files all seem to presume a knowledge of the basics.
Pengwyn44

I personally rate Managing & Using MySQL, Second Edition (http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596002114/index.html). The first couple of chapters are a basic introduction into normalisation, SQL and databases in general before it launches into technicalities. I've personally found the online reference manuals to be dense and intimidating for the novice to attempt to deal with. Not to mention their search functions leave a lot to be desired.

If you're looking for a specific application (Perl, PHP, etc) then the 'Head First' books I've found to be a lot better than the 'Dummies' books

Pengwyn44
November 22nd, 2008, 08:14 PM
Many thanks for both suggestions - I will follow them up.
Pengwyn44