Core MySQL Professional

Core MySQL Going Open

While Core PHP was my first book and the one that most people know, I also wrote a book in 2001 on MySQL called Core MySQL. It didn’t sell very well, probably because Paul Dubois already had a good book on the market about MySQL. Core PHP owed a good portion of its success to being first (well, Egon Schmidt’s book in German came out a couple weeks before mine, but the English-reading market is a lot bigger.)

Still, I am proud of Core MySQL because I had a better handle on the principles of organizing a book after doing two editions of Core PHP by that time. And I had to think through more things for that book because MySQL is more than just the SQL language. I liked learning relational database theory deeper than I did when I was in college and then figuring out how to explain it.

My contracts with Prentice Hall include a clause that returns the rights to the text to me if they cease publishing them. It’s taken a year for them to work through the process. Recently I got a letter confirmed that the rights are now returned to me. That will allow me to release the text under some sort of open license. Hopefully my spin on thing will help someone learn MySQL and relational databases.

Stay tuned for details and send me suggestions for licenses. I haven’t researched the options yet.


New Clear Ink Web Site

Clear Ink, the company for which I am Chief Techologist, recently (and finally!) implemented a redesign. For anyone who wondered why I wasn’t mentioned before–I am now!

Clear Ink has been very successful in the past couple of years. The digital marketing industry has heated way up and we’re up to our ears in business. We’ve been doing some really amazing work with screencasts and novel Web applications. I’ve got a such a great, talented group of technologists reporting to me. I feel very fortunate to have found them, especially as I haven’t been able to find acceptable candidates to interview for the current open position. (If you’re a Windows/Linux desktop admin looking to learn how to program, contact me).

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Henry is now 7lbs 8oz

Henry is 7 Pounds 8 ounces

Our little guy is now 7 pounds and 8 ounces!  It’s really incredible.  He’s gained two pounds in less than three weeks.  You can see in this picture that he’s starting to get a little chubby from all the momma milk.  It’s great!