May 22, 2007
Understanding MySQL Internals
James Pyles writes "Can you say "under the hood"? That's what Understanding MySQL Internals is supposed to teach, "in a nutshell" to coin a phrase. To quote part of the back cover, "MySQL's source code is open in the sense of being publicly available, but it's essentially closed to you if you don't understand it". Good point and one we tend to forget in the context of "open source". MySQL or any other open source code might as well be locked up in a vault and administered by Microsoft if you don't know what the code is and how to work with it. As a former member of the MySQL Development Team, Sasha Pachev is (or should be) positioned to take the reader on a guided tour of the inner workings of MySQL. Let's see how he does."