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Keywords: MySQL, database development, DBA, SQL
Title: MySQL 5.0 Certification Study Guide
Author: Paul DuBois, Stefan Hinz, Carsten Pedersen
Publisher: MySQL Press
Verdict: Highly recommended for certification students
While there are plenty of mature open source database products, MySQL is possibly the best known and one of the most widely used. With plenty of experienced developers and DBAs in the job market, certification is certainly an option that enhances a CV. With the move to version 5.0 of MySQL the certification process has also shifted, and the exams now come in two flavours: developer and DBA. This book, written by members of the MySQL team, is a study guide for both flavours of the exam.
The book is structured around four sections - the first two cover the two parts of the developer exam, and the second two cover the two parts of the DBA exam. Each section is split into numbered topics, and each of these provides the key information required for the exam. The topics are well-covered, with very clear exposition and good examples. The highly structured content makes it easy to find information as required, and the book serves as a good general MySQL reference as well as an excellent study guide.
Aside from the book, which really covers everything that you need to know in order to pass the exams, there also an accompanying CD. This includes a PDF copy of the book and a set of practice questions for the exam. What's more the book also includes a 25% discount off the cost of the exams, which makes it an excellent investment for anyone looking to go for certification. The book not only acts as an excellent training course, it also pretty much pays for itself.
To wrap up, this is an excellent training resource, and will more than likely be useful even after certification. It's a good reference source, with concise content, good examples and clear writing.