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February 3, 2005

The Book (ProMySQL) is Announced

I've been working on a book since December. I wasn't sure about making details available, because there's a point where the book isn't really official (while I'm proving I can write sentences), and the press doesn't want to jump the gun on announcing what's coming.

The book is ProMySQL, it covers advanced topics in using MySQL. The press is apress, and the authors are Michael Kruckenberg and Jay Pipes. I've also put a working TOC up on my site for the book.

It's been an interesting experience. I thought I knew MySQL pretty well, but I have significantly increased that knowledge and experience. I'm pretty lax about saying things based on assumtions or vague memory, but when I write something down I tend to be very complete in wanting to check every detail. Has made some of the chapters that I thought would be straightforward based on my experience turn into a lot of research and digging around code, documentation and using my research server to test and benchmark functionality.

I couldn't be happier about the co-author, Jay Pipes. Jay's been around databases for many years, much of his career using databases other than MySQL. I think that brings a wealth of information we tend to ignore in the MySQL world. There is no way on earth I could write chapters like he's putting out.

Working with apress has been good, the schedule is more aggressive than I thought was possible. The first schedule I saw was in late December, early January and it had the writing finishing on March 15th. That shocked me. After some back and forth we got the "all 1st drafts submitted" date pushed back to March 31st. It works out to turning in a chapter every 10 or 11 days. Writing a chapter is no small undertaking, so I'm finding that I pretty much have to work 4-5 hours every evening and a good chunk of every Saturday.

Posted by mike at February 3, 2005 8:53 AM