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Mastering phpMyAdmin 3.1 for Effective MySQL Management

Marc Delisle

Increase your MySQL productivity and control by discovering the real power of phpMyAdmin 3.1
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847197863
Paperback352 pages

About This Book

  • Covers version 3.1, the latest version of phpMyAdmin
  • Administer your MySQL databases with phpMyAdmin
  • Manage users and privileges with MySQL Server Administration tools
  • Get to grips with the hidden features and capabilities of phpMyAdmin

Who This Book Is For

phpMyAdmin is a must-have tool for everyone who needs to manage their MySQL databases and tables in an effective manner. This book is a must-read for every serious phpMyAdmin user who would like to use this outstanding application to its full power.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction and Installation
Introducing phpMyAdmin
Installing phpMyAdmin
Configuring phpMyAdmin
Upgrading phpMyAdmin
Chapter 2: Authentication and Security
MySQL authentication
Chapter 3: Interface Overview
Panels and windows
General customization
Character sets, collations and language
Left panel (navigation)
Right panel (main)
Query window
Chapter 4: First Steps
Database creation
Creating our first table
Manual data insertion
Browse mode
Creating an additional table
Chapter 5: Changing Data
Edit mode
Multi-row editing
Editing the next row
Deleting data
Deleting tables
Deleting databases
Chapter 6: Changing Table Structures
Adding a field
Editing field attributes
BLOB (Binary Large Object) fields
Index management
Chapter 7: Exporting Structure and Data (Backup)
Dumps, backups, and exports
Database exports
Table exports
Selective exports
Multi-database exports
Saving the export file on the server
Memory limits
Chapter 8: Importing Structure and Data
Limits for the transfer
Importing SQL files
Importing CSV files
Web server upload directories
Chapter 9: Searching Data
Daily usage of phpMyAdmin
Single-table searches
Complete database search
Chapter 10: Table and Database Operations
Table maintenance
Changing table attributes
Renaming, moving, and copying tables
Multi-table operations
Database operations
Chapter 11: The Relational System
Relational MySQL
Linked-tables infrastructure
Defining relations with the relation view
Defining relations with the Designer
Benefits of the defined relations
Chapter 12: Entering SQL Commands
The SQL query box
The Query window
Multi-statement queries
Pretty printing (syntax-highlighting)
The SQL Validator
Chapter 13: The Multi-Table Query Generator
Choosing tables
Column criteria
Automatic joins
Executing the query
Chapter 14: Bookmarks
Comparing bookmark and query history features
Bookmark creation
Recalling from the bookmarks list
Bookmark parameters
Executing bookmarks by browsing the pma_bookmark table
Chapter 15: System Documentation
Structure reports
Relational schema in PDF
Chapter 16: MIME-Based Transformations
Display behavior in browse mode
Enabling transformations
Examples of transformations
Chapter 17: MySQL 5.0 and 5.1 Support
Routines—stored procedures and functions
Event scheduler
BLOB streaming
Chapter 18: MySQL Server Administration
User and privileges management
Database information
Server information

What You Will Learn

  • Administer MySQL users and get statistics about MySQL servers and databases
  • Create better database tables and relational structures
  • Generate multiple SQL queries and build a more detailed understanding of SQL and its workings
  • Prepare better documentation of evolving table structures
  • Manage databases, table data and structures, and indexes to create efficient databases
  • Learn the different mechanisms involved in importing SQL and CSV files
  • Examine the modified behavior of phpMyAdmin to use the outstanding application to its full power
  • Perform day-to-day database and table management effectively with the new interface to ease your work

In Detail

MySQL has gained wide popularity because of its open-source nature, performance, reliability, robustness, and support for various platforms.

phpMyAdmin is a web-based front-end to manage MySQL databases and has been adopted by a number of open-source distributors. It is one of the most widely used open-source applications written in PHP. phpMyAdmin supports a wide range of operations with MySQL. Currently, it can create and drop databases, create/drop/alter tables, delete/edit/add fields, execute any SQL statement, manage keys on fields, manage privileges, export data into various formats and is available in 52 languages. The powerful graphical interface of version 3.1 has made phpMyAdmin an indispensable tool for MySQL and web developers.

This is the first book that covers version 3.1, the latest version of phpMyAdmin. It has been fully updated from the previous version that covered phpMyAdmin Version 2.11. It is a comprehensive guide to unlocking the full potential of phpMyAdmin. It builds a solid understanding of the core capabilities of phpMyAdmin before walking you through every facet right from showing you how to set up and manage the database with clear, step-by-step instructions and screenshots to exploring the less well known and generally under-used features and capabilities of phpMyAdmin in depth. Along the way you'll build a more detailed understanding of SQL and how it works in MySQL.

Whether you are an experienced developer, system administrator, web designer or new to MySQL and phpMyAdmin, this book will show you how to increase your productivity and control when working with your MySQL.


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