This page lists the most valuable books on my bookshelf. These books contain knowledge that is worth far more than the price.
High Performance MySQL
This is the must-have book for anyone who uses MySQL. There’s no other book like it. I’m the lead author.
I’m a contributing author to this book. It’s a groundbreaking look at an emerging discipline, and explains how leading practitioners think and act to keep systems up and people happy. I reviewed it here.
The Ultimate Guide to Building Database-Driven Apps with Go
This is a free e-book that requires registration with VividCortex. I wrote this book after years of experience with Go’s
database/sql interface. I also was one of the main authors for go-database-sql.org, which taught me a lot
about the subject matter. This is a complete rewrite from scratch, however.
Optimizing Oracle Performance
This is an essential book for anyone interested in performance of any system, not just Oracle. I reviewed it here.
Relational Database Design and the Optimizers
The focus is on a scientific method to design indexes that will produce the best performance for queries. It goes into quite a bit of detail on how databases execute specific types of queries, and develops a generic cost model that can be used to produce a quick upper-bound estimate (QUBE) for the execution time of a query. Generally, the book concludes, we should use indexes much more than we do. I reviewed it here.
Understanding MySQL Internals
This book complements High Performance MySQL well. It should be helpful reading for MySQL DBAs and developers after they have a working knowledge of how to use the server. I reviewed it here.
The Art of Capacity Planning
This is a clear and simple book on how to measure and plan for capacity. Highly recommended. I reviewed it here.
Beginning Database Design
A well-written introduction to database design. I reviewed it here.
An excellent book for developers who must interact with databases. It explains the mistakes that programmers make over and over again, showing why they’re bad approaches, when to use them anyway, and what good alternatives exist. I reviewed it here.
Scalable Internet Architectures
A great all-around book about building scalable systems. I reviewed it here.
SQL and Relational Theory
C. J. Date’s most important book on relational theory is much improved over its predecessor, and is well worth reading deeply to gain both the formal and the intuitive understanding needed to write correct SQL. I didn’t like it at first, but really changed my mind about it later. I reviewed it here.
Higher Order Perl
This book changed my whole approach to programming. It was as revolutionary for me as the day that I truly understood what a variable is. I am not sure you’ll get much out of it if you don’t know Perl, but it might be worth learning Perl just to be able to appreciate the paradigm shift you can learn from this book.
Cloud Application Architectures
A great book on this topic. Short — 150 pages — but very deep, and highly readable. Mostly about the Amazon platform. The author really knows first-hand how to build apps and businesses in the cloud! I reviewed it here.
MySQL 5.1 Plugin Development
A very useful book for anyone who wants to modify the MySQL source code. Also excellent for just understanding the code better. I reviewed it here.