PHP and MySQL: The Definitive Guide

PHP and MySQL: The Definitive Guide

About the Book

This book intends to provide a comprehensive guide to PHP and MySQL. It does not cover ORMs (such as Doctrine), frameworks, or other tools. A rough (subject to change) Table of Contents looks like:

  • What is a Database?
    • Relational vs NoSQL vs Non-relational
  • Introduction to SQL (for MySQL)
    • Data Types
    • Queries
    • Conditions
  • Essential SQL
    • Constraints
    • Features
  • Advanced SQL
    • Indexes
    • JOINs
    • Stored Procedures
    • Triggers
  • Introduction to PDO/MySQL
  • Advanced PDO/MySQL
  • Introduction to MySQLi
  • Advanced MySQLi
  • MySQL Native Driver
    • Introduction to MySQLnd
    • Read/Write Splitting with mysqlnd_ms
    • Advanced Read/Write Splitting with mysqlnd_ms
    • Using MySQL's NoSQL memcache interface with mysqlnd_memcache
    • Query Caching with mysqlnd_qc
    • Writing Custom MySQLnd Plugins with mysqlnd_uh

About the Author

Davey Shafik
Davey Shafik

Davey Shafik is a full-time developer with over 14 years of experience in PHP and related technologies. He is a Community Engineer at Engine Yard and has written three books, numerous articles, and spoken at conferences the world over. He is best known for his books, the Zend PHP Certification Study Guide and PHP Master: Write Cutting Edge Code, and as the creator of PHP Archive (PHAR) for PHP 5.3.

Davey is passionate about improving the tech community. He co-organizes the Prompt initiative (, dedicated to lifting the stigma surrounding mental health discussions, and has worked with PHPWomen since its inception.

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