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MySQL by Robert D. Schneider

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Introduction: The Purpose of This Book

MySQL is the foundation of many of today’s highest quality, most robust database-driven solutions. However, users continually grow more demanding: A rich application that runs sluggishly is unacceptable, no matter what functionality it offers. Unfortunately, the cost of job cutbacks and outsourcing means that most overloaded IT professionals barely have enough time to deliver a minimal solution, much less master the minutiae of their database engine, which, in the case of MySQL, grows richer and more complex with each release.

Performance often takes a backseat to merely hitting the schedule. “Just ship it now and make it faster later” is a refrain heard around the world today. Regrettably, “later” ...

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