Mastering phpMyAdmin 2.8

Browsing through your favorite library, or online store, you might say to yourself, “A book about phpMyAdmin? What’s there that I don’t know already?”.

Mastering phpMyAdmin 2.8
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Well I’ll tell you. Having worked with phpMyAdmin for the last seven years, I did only know about 10% of the options which are available in phpMyAdmin, if you want to use it to the fullest extent – and so promises the cover, “Increase your MySQL productivity and control by discovering the real power of phpMyAdmin.”

On a sidenote, this is to my knowledge the only book solely about phpMyAdmin – while there are at least a thousand books on MySQL. Most of those books also cover a very basic installation of phpMyAdmin. But none of those to this extend!

The author of this book, Marc Delisle, is an active contributor to the phpMyAdmin project since December 1998. Thanks to him, we get phpMyAdmin in the language we appreciate the most today. He created the first multi-lingual version of phpMyAdmin in ’98.

Why we use phpMyAdmin

The reason why we use phpMyAdmin today is because there is this web hosting account with a database – which in 99% of all cases is MySQL – and when dynamic websites are build, tables in the databases need to be created, then data is entered and the developer has to check up what’s under the hood when the applications (or a set of scripts) around it are build.

More than often database administrators also manage the setup of databases and users through phpMyAdmin because it is so much more convenient than typing in long commands using MySQL client interface.

But it does not matter what phpMyAdmin is used for, the installation is often soon neglected once the initial stage is mastered and the development gets past it and the applications are built.