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Expert MySQL

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Getting Started with MySQL Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Charles Bell
      Pages 3-21
    3. Charles Bell
      Pages 23-56
    4. Charles Bell
      Pages 57-115
    5. Charles Bell
      Pages 117-149
  3. Extending MySQL

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Charles Bell
      Pages 153-193
    3. Charles Bell
      Pages 195-250
    4. Charles Bell
      Pages 251-280
    5. Charles Bell
      Pages 281-338
    6. Charles Bell
      Pages 339-368
    7. Charles Bell
      Pages 369-452
  4. Advanced Database Internals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 453-453
    2. Charles Bell
      Pages 455-463
    3. Charles Bell
      Pages 465-494
    4. Charles Bell
      Pages 495-541
    5. Charles Bell
      Pages 543-585
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 587-611

About this book


Expert MySQL is the leading reference for learning, understanding, and extending the MySQL server. It unlocks the full promise of open source by showing how to modify the code, create your own storage engine, build your own authentication plugins, and even add your own functions and commands to the SQL language. No other book provides the level of detail or the extensive examples of the inner workings of MySQL that have taken engineers years to master. Expert MySQL is a must have book for all systems integrators, engineers, and software developers working with the MySQL server code.

Expert MySQL is also a wealth of information on key aspects of MySQL internals. You’ll learn about internal query representation, how the optimizer creates execution plans, and how to exert control over those plans for optimal performance in your environment. You'll even learn to build your own query optimizer, giving insight that can help you understand and resolve tough performance problems. High-availability and replication are also covered, making Expert MySQL a must-have book for anyone doing high-end work involving MySQL.

  • Shows how to customize MySQL and its storage and authentication engines
  • Provides in-depth knowledge of internals for use in query tuning and performance troubleshooting
  • Covers high-end features such as high-availability and replication

About the authors

Charles Bell conducts research in emerging technologies. He is a member of the Oracle MySQL Development team and is the team lead for the MySQL Utilities team. He lives in a small town in rural Virginia with his loving wife. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005. Dr. Bell is an expert in the database field and has extensive knowledge and experience in software development and systems engineering. His research interests include 3D printers, microcontrollers, three-dimensional printing, database systems, software engineering, and sensor networks. He spends his limited free time as a practicing Maker focusing on microcontroller projects and refinement of three-dimensional printers. Dr. Bell maintains a blog on his research projects and many other interests. You can find his blog at

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