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MySQL & mSQL by Randy Jay Yarger, George Reese & Tim King

O'Reilly, November 1999.
Trade Paperback, 487 pages.
ISBN: 1565924347
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by Randy Jay Yarger, George Reese & Tim King MySQL and mSQL are two powerful and affordable new database tools for websites which run on Linux and Unix servers. This guide introduces the reader to the languages and provides instruction for installing, configuring and developing programming interfaces for both MySQL and mSQL. The book also acts as a comprehensive reference of MySQL and mSQL commands, including SQL commands, system variables and utilities. Also provided in the book is instruction about how to access MySQL and mSQL databases using different web programming languages, including PHP, Perl, CGI, Python, C, C++, Java and others. Each section in the book contains examples, tips, sample code and scripts to help readers. MySQL & mSQL is a superb reference for both database administrators and programmers who are working with MySQL or mSQL, or who are interested in using either of these affordable, yet powerful, relational database tools.

SQL Unleashed Second Edition by Sakhr Youness and Pierre Boutquin.

Sams, September 1999.
Trade Paperback, 808 pages.
ISBN: 0672317095
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SQL Unleashed Second Edition
by Sakhr Youness and Pierre Boutquin SQL is a powerful and commonly used programming language used to communicate with relational databases. This SQL reference is targeted at intermediate to advanced users, who have some prior experience with SQL. The reference quickly covers introductory topics on relational databases and SQL queries before moving onto the core features of SQL. Core features covered in the book include relational databases, database design, normalization, data types, arrays, objects, transactions, updating, deleting, table joins, sorting, grouping, subqueries, trees, hierarchies, embedded SQL, cursors, security issues, CLI, PSM, SQL-99, Oracle SQL and Microsoft Transact SQL. The accompanying CD-ROM contains source code and third-party SQL tools.

SQL Unleashed is a top-notch reference for anyone using SQL to query databases. Anyone who works with databases needs to be very familiar with SQL, which has become the official standard language for relational database management systems throughout the world. This reference will help increase your knowledge of SQL and act as a handy quick reference for when you need to look up SQL syntax.

Teach Yourself Perl in 24 Hours by Clinton Pierce

Sams, June 1999.
Trade Paperback, 431 pages.
ISBN: 0672327737
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Teach Yourself Perl in 24 Hours
by Clinton Pierce Perl is a powerful programming language for web-based applications. This reference, aimed at beginners, introduces the Perl language and provides sample code and scripts. Chapters in the book cover Perl basics, expressions, operators, if statements, looping, lists, arrays, files, metacharacters, hashes, functions, scalars, directories, debugging, modules, file locking, CPAN, CGI, web forms, Unix, cookies, sending email from CGI, SSI, hit counters and web surveys. The book is designed so that each chapter represents a one-hour lesson, which includes instruction, examples, tips, code, a chapter summary, a Q&A section and a workshop area with quizzes and exercises. The CD-ROM contains Perl for Windows, Macintosh and Unix, sample code and examples from the text. This is an excellent introductory guide to programming in Perl for webmasters new to the language.

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