Covering both MySQL 5.0 and 4.1, the MySQL Cookbook is an essential resource for anyone writing or working with MySQL on a regular basis. It’s fantastic for both beginners looking to come to terms with their first MySQL database and well as experienced MySQL writers looking to for fast solutions to tricky problems.
Written in a concise and easy-to-follow way, the MySQL Cookbook focuses on providing lots of examples and coding solutions to the most common MySQL problems. It heavily focuses on solving real-world MySQL problems rather than high-level abstractions. What’s more, DuBois provides enough expert insight to help you really push MySQL to the limits of its functionality and in turn produce better results.
One critique is that while it provides ample examples and actionable advice, it comes at a cost of the MySQL database fundamentals. So if you’re a true beginner, this won’t be the one-stop shop that you’re looking for; however, it’s still an essential part of any MySQL library.