Russell Dyer is a freelance writer specializing in MySQL database software and is the editor of the MySQL Knowledge Base (http://www.mysql.com/network/knowledgebase.html). He is the author of MySQL in a Nutshell (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/mysqlian/) and has writen articles for several magazines: Dev Zone (a MySQL publication), Linux Journal, ONlamp.com, The Perl Journal, Red Hat Magazine, SysAdmin Magazine, Tech Republic, Unix Review, and XML.com. He has also finished his first novel, "In Search of Kafka". Copies of his articles and other related resources can be found on http://mysqlresources.com More information on Russell, can be found on his web site at http://russelljtdyer.com.
"All up, this is an excellent improvement on the First Edition. It polishes where the first was already good and noticably improves on those areas that the first let down."
--Pamela Jones, Groklaw
"I think that this is an excellent book that will aid anyone who interacts with MySQL on a regular basis. There is no fluff, no cuteness and no attempt to do anything beyond providing quick access to key information. The book hits that sweet spot between providing too much or not enough. It does not try to be everything to everyone as I mentioned. It will not do all the lifting necessary to get someone who does not even know what an rdbms is to where they will need to be in order to make good use of this book. It does not dive deep on internals or more advanced topics. But what it covers in that wide middle, it covers very well."
--JR Peck, Slashdot.org
"If MySQL is the world's most popular open-source database, then MySQL in a Nutshell (2nd ed.) by Russell J. T. Dyer is the Encyclopedia Britannica of MySQL. "
--Douglas Vos, Vos Virtual Network
"[The book includes] a superbly organized section on all the MySQL functions that are somewhere in the Canterbury Tales that is the MySQL User Manual but here organized by String, Date and Time, Math and then Flow Control functions. This is ninety pages just packed with useful tips, examples, and advisories. This really unlocks MySQL for me."
--Jacques Surveyer, The Open Sourcery