I'm aware of that problem, but without getting my hands on the book it's a little hard to see if it covers my needs. It's the same with my PHP books ... everyone told me to get Sterling Hughes' "PHP Developer's Cookbook", but beyond the chapter on constructing and using objects, and a little bit in the regular expressions part, I've not really had any use of that book at all - it simply does not cover the kinda stuff I work with... It was cheap enough though, so I'm not complaining, but alot of the things it covers aren't done deep enough for my needs. I'm sure there are others that could find more use of it, but for me it's limited...
Undoubtfully the same with books on other parts of the coding ... most my C++ books are pretty useless, same with the ones on alot of other things. The computing books market seems to be filled with more crummy books than good ones....
At 13:56 04-11-2004, Hutchins, Richard wrote:
My _opinion_ only here, but I own the Welling and Thompson book and used it when I was starting out with PHP and MySQL but don't use it much anymore. I have found much better information and practical advice in the MySQL manual and in the MySQL forums. I'm not ragging on the W & T book by any means; it was a good book for beginning and intermediate needs. But you may find it deficient when looking for advanced, bleeding edge stuff. And one man's "advanced" may be another man's "intermediate" so take that into consideration too. Unfortunately, I don't have any specific recommendations for an advanced MySQL book, but I would strongly suggest you investigate other books in addition to the Welling and Thompson book.
Please let us know what you (or your girlfriend) end up buying since I'm sure there are others that are facing the same decision.
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