This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
<pre>Author/s : Mark Mathews, Jim Cole, Joseph D. Gradecki Publisher : Wiley Category :Data modeling, SQL and JDBC Review by : Gregg Bolinger Rating : 9 horseshoes</pre> Mark Mathews is the creator of the mm.mysql JDBC Type IV Driver. He was then hired by the MySQL Team to continue his development of the driver which then became Connector/J. What better person to co-author a book on MySQL and JAVA? I was really excited to get this book because I use MySQL and Connector/J for all of my JAVA Database needs. The first 5 chapters were pretty much review for me with the exception of some minor MySQL specific details that were really helpful. I learned a few things about MySQL that I had missed trying to get through MySQL's fairly cumbersome documentation. I found the remaining half of the book super informative and fairly rich for a "Getting Started" type of book. The appendix alone is worth its weight in gold since it contains all the data type mappings from MySQL to JAVA. This book also helped me learn how to use Connection Pools which I had not used until now. All the examples are straight forward and easy to understand. The book covered precisely what I expected from the title. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to get started with JDBC and MySQL. However, I would not recommend this book to someone already fluent in these technologies. This is definitely a beginner to intermediate level book.