I either have time for reading or writing, but not both. Now that the first edition of High-Performance Java Persistence is done, I can catch up on the many books I planned on reading but didn’t have time to do so.
In this post, I’m going to review High Performance MySQL by Baron Schwartz, Peter Zaitsev, and Vadim Tkachenkoa, which is a must-read book for anyone working with MySQL.
This post is a review of what this book is all about and why you should be interested in reading it.
If you are a backend developer, a team leader or a software architect, this book must be on your reading list. While a junior developer might find the book interesting too, you got to have some background knowledge so that everything falls into place.
The book is a very detailed summary of how database systems work. From relational databases to data warehouses, key-value stores, column-oriented databases, Martin Kleppman describes a great deal of aspects like:
storage engines and indexing
transactions and concurrency control
distributed systems and consensus algorithms
Why you should buy it?
Although some concepts are not very easy to understand, Martin Kleppman does a very good job explaining all these concepts using down-to-earth examples.
The book is a summary of hundreds of research papers, books, and other scientific articles that would require you a great deal of effort to go through all of them, albeit to understand them. Hopefully, you don’t have to since the book is exactly what you need to get a better understanding of how data management systems.
I strongly recommend you buy this book. Although I read it, I’m sure that I’ll come back to it in future to validate that I haven’t forgotten anything I learned from this book.