Further reading

  • For an excellent all-round reference to database theory and SQL, the #1 book for you is Database Systems by Connolly et al - there is very little in there that directly relates to a specific DBMS, and that makes it easy to use no matter which database you have chosen. This is the book I turn to when I have an SQL query.

  • If you are looking for specific information on MySQL or PostgreSQL, there are two excellent books in the same programming series that you should definitely look at: "MySQL", by Paul DuBois, and "PostgreSQL", by Douglas and Douglas. These are both exceptionally comprehensive books and should really be on the bookshelves of all MySQL/PostgreSQL database admins.

  • Both PEAR::DB and SQLite have their own sets of documentation online. PEAR::DB's documentation is online at http://pear.php.net/manual/en/package.database.php, and is remarkably thorough if a little out of date now and then. The online documentation for the original SQLite's library is online at http://www.hwaci.com/sw/sqlite, and I have found that it complements the PHP manual well.


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