Higher Education

A Guide to MySQL, 1st Edition

  • Philip J. Pratt Grand Valley State University
  • Mary Z. Last
  • ISBN-10: 1418836354  |  ISBN-13: 9781418836351
  • 288 Pages
  • © 2006 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $90.75



A Guide to MySQL, by Philip Pratt and Mary Last, is yet another step into the open-source arena, which is rapidly growing in the technology industry. Topics include design techniques, data definition, commands to query a database, updates, administration and client tools, and finally, MySQL special topics.

Features and Benefits

  • Gives detailed coverage of how to use the SQL language within MySQL in the context of three running cases that appear throughout the book.
  • Presents modern database design techniques, including E-R diagrams and the normalization process.
  • Addresses key MySQL topics, including importing and exporting data, query optimization, the MySQL Query Browser, the MySQL Administrator, the MySQL Table Editor, and more.
  • Includes a comprehensive command reference for all the major SQL clauses and operators taught in the book.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Premiere Products, Henry Books, and Alexamara Marina Group
2. Database Design Fundamentals
3. An Introduction to SQL
4. Single-Table Queries
5. Multiple-Table Queries
6. Updating Data
7. Database Administration
8. MySQL Special Topics
Appendix A: SQL Reference
AppendixB: How Do I Reference
Appendix C. Answers to Odd-Numbered Review Questions

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Philip J. Pratt

Philip J. Pratt is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science at Grand Valley State University, where he taught for 33 years. His teaching interests include database management, systems analysis, complex analysis, and discrete mathematics. He has authored more than 75 textbooks and has co-authored three levels of Microsoft® Office Access 2013 books for this popular Shelly Cashman Series and A Guide to SQL.

Mary Z. Last

Mary Z. Last has taught computer information systems since 1984. She retired from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, Texas, where she was an Associate Professor and the Director of the Center for Effectiveness in Learning and Teaching. Ms. Last is actively involved in the Computing Educator's Oral History Project that encourages young women to pursue careers in math and science. She has been a contributing author to the Shelly Cashman Series since 1992. She also authors many instructor resources for database texts.