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Expert MySQL, Second Edition by Charles Bell

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CHAPTER 9

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Developing MySQL Plugins

During our tour of the MySQL source code and architecture in Chapter 3, we touched on a special feature of MySQL called plugins. MySQL plugins are specially designed dynamic libraries that allow you to add new functionality to the server without taking the server offline. There are several forms of plugins supported today, but as the server continues to evolve, expect to see more features offered using this architecture.

This chapter examines the MySQL plugin architecture in more detail. You will learn more about how plugins work, how they are constructed, and what types of plugins are supported by the server. ...

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