This book belongs in the pocket of every mySQL programmer who doesn't yet have it memorised.
If you have at least a basic knowledge of mySQL but haven't yet memorised all of the syntax for all of the possible options that can be used with your mySQL calls then you need this book. The small size of the book makes it easy to keep on you at all times while the extremely detailed content will provide you with the information you need to perform any possible processing on your database.
By making use of the information presented in this book you will hopefully be able to extract data preconverted into the format you require instead of having to reformat it after extraction. You will be able to fine tune your code to minimize the need for substantial processing in the calling program. You will be able to harness the full power of mySQL. An ideal reference resource. Unfortunately it doesn't cover all the functions available for converting your data and so in some cases there will be an easier way to set up the call than the functions that the book does list suggests.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.