SQL for MySQL Developers: A Comprehensive Tutorial and Reference

The Most Complete and Practical Guide to MySQL Version 5's Powerful SQL Dialect

MySQL version 5 offers a SQL dialect with immense power. In SQL for MySQL Developers, Rick F. van der Lans helps you master this version ofSQL and take advantage of its full potential. Using case study examplesand hands-on exercises, van der Lans illuminates every key concept,technique, and statement-including advanced features that make iteasier to create even the most complex statements and programs.

Drawing on decades of experience as an SQL standards team member and enterprise consultant, he reveals exactly why MySQL's dialect works as it does-and how to get the most out of it. You'll gain powerful insight into everything from basic queries to stored procedures, transactions to data security.

Whether you're a programmer, Web developer, analyst, DBA, or database user, this book can take you from "apprentice" to true SQL expert. If you've used SQL in older versions of MySQL, you'll become dramatically more effective-and if you're migrating from other database platforms, you'll gain practical mastery fast.

Coverage includes

* Writing queries, including joins, functions, and subqueries

* Updating data

* Creating tables, views, and other database objects

* Specifying keys and other integrity constraints

* Improving efficiency with indexes

* Enforcing security via passwords and privileges

* Embedding SQL statements within PHP programs

* Building stored procedures and triggers

* Using transactions, locking, rollback, and isolation levels

* Utilizing MySQL's catalog

About the Author

Rick F. van der Lans is author of the classic Introduction to SQL, the definitive SQL guide that database developers have relied on for more than 20 years. He is a consultant, author, and lecturer specializing in database technology, development tools, data warehousing, and XML. As managing director of the Netherlands-based R20/Consultancy, he has advised many large companies on defining their IT architectures. He chairs the European Meta Data Conference, and writes columns for several magazines.

Contents

About the Author

Preface

PART I Introduction

CHAPTER 1 Introduction to MySQL

CHAPTER 2 The Tennis Club Sample Database

CHAPTER 3 Installing the Software

CHAPTER 4 SQL in a Nutshell

PART II Querying and Updating Data

CHAPTER 5 SELECT Statement: Common Elements

CHAPTER 6 SELECT Statements, Table Expressions, and Subqueries

CHAPTER 7 SELECT Statement:The FROM Clause

CHAPTER 8 SELECT Statement: The WHERE Clause

CHAPTER 9 SELECT Statement: SELECT Clause and Aggregation Functions

CHAPTER 10 SELECT Statement: The GROUP BY Clause

CHAPTER 11 SELECT Statement: The HAVING Clause

CHAPTER 12 SELECT Statement: The ORDER BY Clause

CHAPTER 13 SELECT Statement: The LIMIT Clause

CHAPTER 14 Combining Table Expressions

CHAPTER 15 The User Variable and the SET Statement

CHAPTER 16 The HANDLER Statement

CHAPTER 17 Updating Tables

CHAPTER 18 Loading and Unloading Data

CHAPTER 19 Working with XML Documents

PART III Creating Database Objects

CHAPTER 20 Creating Tables

CHAPTER 21 Specifying Integrity Constraints

CHAPTER 22 Character Sets and Collations

CHAPTER 23 The ENUM and SET Types

CHAPTER 24 Changing and Dropping Tables

CHAPTER 25 Using Indexes

CHAPTER 26 Views

CHAPTER 27 Creating Databases

CHAPTER 28 Users and Data Security

CHAPTER 29 Statements for Table Maintenance

CHAPTER 30 The SHOW, DESCRIBE, and HELP Statements

PART IV rocedural Database Objects

CHAPTER 31 Stored Procedures

CHAPTER 32 Stored Functions

CHAPTER 33 Triggers

CHAPTER 34 Events

PART V Programming with SQL

CHAPTER 35 MySQL and PHP

CHAPTER 36 Dynamic SQL with Prepared Statement

CHAPTER 37 Transactions and Multiuser Usage

APPENDIX A Syntax of SQL

APPENDIX B Scalar Functions

APPENDIX C System Variables

APPENDIX D Bibliography

Index

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