Whether you're completely new to MySQL databases or someone who knows it well, Learning MySQL will really help you put structure around your knowledge while teaching you a number of nice to have things about MySQL. Covering a range of topics, this book will help you understand more about MySQL installation and performance tuning, provide detailed instructions on automating simple backups and restores, all while keeping you concscious of keeping your installation or web application secure.
Installing MySQL on Linux, Windows and OSX
The book has an overwhelming amount of detail describing various ways of installing MySQL on a Unix-like system of your choice. For starters, multiple Linux distros are covered with exact commands to be used. Whether you're a Debian fan or a RedHat like OS user – it will have detailed instructions on how to update your repos and get MySQL installed.
Windows install instructions are also provided, and even if you are a proud owner of a Mac system you'll find commands to install MySQL quickly and easily.
There is a description of the contents of MySQL directory and even description of how file storage differs for MyISAM and InnoDB storage engines.
A description of various installation screnarios and post-install actions is very useful because it explains that installing from sources is slightly different than deploying MySQL from packages. Those of you who will use MySQL long enough to warrant an upgrade will find instructions on updating the database software to its most up-to-date version.
The same section of the book has a good reference on MySQL config file options – all the parameters are provided with a brief set of instructions on how and when they should be applied.
There is definitely enough information for you to get you started – that is, to have MySQL installed and ready to be used.