Book Review: Mastering phpMyAdmin for Effective MySQL Management

This well-written book by one of the leaders of the phpMyAdmin community covers a lot of ground--and might get you interested in working on the project.

Publisher: Packt Publishing

ISBN: 1-904811-03-5

Price: $29.99 USD

As a mission statement, the introduction of a book written for tutorial purposes forms the foundation for judging the success or failure of the subsequent pages. Marc Delisle has written Mastering phpMyAdmin for Effective MySQL Management as a tightly focused tutorial that is as successful at guiding its readers along its stated path as it is at avoiding the common pratfall of straying off target.

Having written my share of tutorial material to support classroom training as well as college course teaching, I can attest to the hard work required to keep to the stated topics. This is especially true when the subject is feature rich and lends itself to additional exposition, conjecture and even opinion.

In a market crowded with books of questionable writing quality, the clarity of Delisle's delivery is refreshing. Although I never have had the pleasure of attending one of his classes, as I read his words, I had the distinct feeling of being under the tutelage of a quality professor--one who truly cares about the material he is presenting. Given his leadership role in the phpMyAdmin community, it is not surprising that he takes such care. However, not all in leadership can write tutorial material as easily accessible as this book.

At no point does Delisle ever break the rhythm of his presentation within a chapter nor do the chapters stray from the topic material. Starting with an historical and feature overview of phpMyAdmin, he progresses reasonably and steadily from installation and initial configuration through progressively more involved interactive database tasks: creation, data and table management, simple querying and general database maintenance.

The latter sections present advanced tasks that offer significant value by drawing on the scope of thinking of various phpMyAdmin developers. Topics covered include interactive query generation, bookmarks that save successful queries, documentation and MIME-based transformations.

Screens shots augment each chapter, which is to be expected given the visually interactive nature of phpMyAdmin. They are interspersed properly within the course of the chapters and are well documented by the flow of the written material. Unfortunately, many screenshots are of relatively poor quality. This I found odd, given that everything else about the book was excellent.

An interesting addition is the inclusion of blocks of phpMyAdmin code, something a lesser authority would likely avoid. Frankly, the presence of code did more than a little to pique my interest in seeing all of the code behind the product. This is not an inconsequential result, especially given the nature of open-source software projects and the need to attract support from the community of users.

I heartily recommend this book to anybody who might use phpMyAdmin, whether for the visual interaction with MySQL or for the advanced features.



Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.


Anonymous's picture

Thank you very much for the article but i found sqlyog referred by many of my colleagues. Just an awesome tool for mysql management. You guys need to take a drive. Go ahead !!!

White Paper
Linux Management with Red Hat Satellite: Measuring Business Impact and ROI

Linux has become a key foundation for supporting today's rapidly growing IT environments. Linux is being used to deploy business applications and databases, trading on its reputation as a low-cost operating environment. For many IT organizations, Linux is a mainstay for deploying Web servers and has evolved from handling basic file, print, and utility workloads to running mission-critical applications and databases, physically, virtually, and in the cloud. As Linux grows in importance in terms of value to the business, managing Linux environments to high standards of service quality — availability, security, and performance — becomes an essential requirement for business success.

Learn More

Sponsored by Red Hat

White Paper
Private PaaS for the Agile Enterprise

If you already use virtualized infrastructure, you are well on your way to leveraging the power of the cloud. Virtualization offers the promise of limitless resources, but how do you manage that scalability when your DevOps team doesn’t scale? In today’s hypercompetitive markets, fast results can make a difference between leading the pack vs. obsolescence. Organizations need more benefits from cloud computing than just raw resources. They need agility, flexibility, convenience, ROI, and control.

Stackato private Platform-as-a-Service technology from ActiveState extends your private cloud infrastructure by creating a private PaaS to provide on-demand availability, flexibility, control, and ultimately, faster time-to-market for your enterprise.

Learn More

Sponsored by ActiveState