Try It Yourself
All of the chapters in this book use working examples, showing you the SQL syntax, what it does, and explaining why it does it. I'd strongly suggest that you try each and every example for yourself so as to learn MySQL first hand.
Appendix B, "The Example Tables," describes the example tables used throughout this book, and explains how to obtain and install them. If you have not done so, refer to this appendix before proceeding.
You Need MySQL Obviously, you'll need access to a copy of MySQL to follow along. Appendix A, "Getting Started with MySQL," explains where to get a copy of MySQL and provides some pointers for getting started. If you do not have access to a copy of MySQL, refer to that appendix before proceeding.