Russell Dyer is a freelance writer specializing in MySQL and MariaDB database software. He was formerly Editor of the Knowledge Base at MySQL Ab and is currently the Curriculum Manager at MariaDB Ab. Russell is the author of MySQL in a Nutshell and has written articles for several magazines. Copies of his articles and other related resources can be found on http://mysqlresources.com
Russell has also written novels. One of particular interest is, In Search of Kafka. It's a hi-tech comical thriller about a programmer who inadvertently breaks into Starbucks’ server, which leads to federal agents hunting for him. His new novel is entitled, I Have No Friends. It's about a young woman who has no friends, but learns about friendship from some unusual life experiences. 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