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MySQL in a Nutshell is for those new to mysql and also useful for those that are experienced with this database. As with most of the Nutshell books, this book is more of a complete reference for commands. Not really designed to be read cover to cover, it does provide an excellent reference for anyone that deals with the popular mysql database. The excellent examples and detailed explanations for SQL statements and the many functions make this a must have book for those just starting out, and a handy reference for those that have been using mysql for years.