High Performance MySQL - a book to re-read

September 27, 2009

I first read High Performance MySQL, 2nd edition about a year ago, when it first came out. I since re-read a few pages on occasion.

In my previous posts I've suggested ways to improve upon the common ranking solution. Very innovative stuff! Or... so I thought.

I happened to browse through the book today, and a section on User Variables caught my eye. "Let's see if I get get some insight", I thought to myself. Imagine my surprise when I realized almost everything I've suggested is discussed in this modest section, black on white, sitting on my bookshelf for over a year!

I have read it a year back, have forgotten all about it, have re-invented stuff already solved and discussed... Oh, for more brain capacity...

To be honest, this has happened to me more than once in the past few months; I'm taking the habit of browsing the web when I'm looking for answers to my problems; I forget that this book contains the answers to so many common, practical MySQL problems, and does so in a very direct and helpful manner.

So, yet again, thumbs up to High Performance MySQL. Really a must book. Get it if you haven't already!

  • Yes, I recommend it a lot. Every training course I did I talked to student about it. Can't wait for the third edition πŸ™‚

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  • Thanks for the compliment πŸ™‚

    The publishers say that the 2nd edition is selling so well, we'd be crazy to do a third yet. And indeed I think a lot of the material in it is pretty durable over time. However, I have a very large file of notes I'm taking for a 3rd edition.

  • There's a copy at home and a copy at work πŸ™‚

    I saw there's an iPhone app by O'Reilly of that book for $5 CDN, but I haven't checked it out yet. I'm not sure I need a third copy.

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