Creating your MySQL Database: Practical Design Tips and Techniques


Creating your MySQL Database: Practical Design Tips and Techniques
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  • How best to collect, name, group, and structure your data
  • Design your data with future growth in mind
  • Practical examples from initial ideas to final designs
  • The quickest way to learn how to design good data structures for MySQL
  • From the author of Mastering phpMyAdmin

 

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 108 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : November 2006
ISBN : 1904811302
ISBN 13 : 9781904811305
Author(s) : Marc Delisle
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Big Data and Business Intelligence, Oracle Other, MySQL, Open Source, Oracle
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Marc Delisle

Marc Delisle was awarded "MySQL Community Member of the year 2009" because of his involvement with phpMyAdmin. He started to contribute to the project in December 1998, when he made the multi-language version. He is still involved with phpMyAdmin as a developer and project administrator. Marc is a system administrator at Cegep de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada. He has been teaching networking, security, and web application development. In one of his classes, he was pleased to meet a phpMyAdmin user from Argentina. Marc lives in Sherbrooke with his wife and they enjoy spending time with their four children.
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What you will learn from this book

  • Asking users the right questions to collect relevant data for the system you are building
  • Detecting bad structures
  • Sound data-naming techniques, for both table and column names
  • Modeling data with future growth in mind
  • Implementing security policies with data privileges and views
  • Tuning the structure for performanceProducing system documentation (data dictionary, relational schema)
  • Testing the model with appropriate SQL queries

In Detail

For most of us, setting up the database for an application is often an afterthought. While you don't need to be a professional database designer to create a working application, knowing a few insider tips and techniques can make both the process easier and the end result much more effective. This book doesn't set out to make you an expert in data analysis, but it does provide a quick and easy way to raise your game in this essential part of getting your application right.

If you're creating a dynamic web application using open-source tools, then you're probably going to be setting up a MySQL database. Getting the design of this database right for your application and its data is vital, but it's often an intimidating and little-known process for non-developers and developers alike. Written by the creator of the popular phpMyAdmin tool, this book is a short but complete guide on how to design good data structures for MySQL.

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Approach

This book takes a practical approach, implementing all theoretical concepts with examples. It is a fast-paced tutorial that focuses on critical decisions that you need to make every time you build MySQL databases. It is rich with tips and advice from an experienced practitioner.

Who this book is for

Anyone working with applications that use a MySQL database backend will benefit greatly from the advice and techniques in this book. Although a working knowledge of both SQL and MySQL is assumed, the book is suitable for both beginners and intermediate users alike. Whether you read it through and absorb the advice or work through it on a live project, the efficiency and maintainability of your databases will certainly improve as a result.

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