I am rather fresh to MySQL and am trying to fix and update a website -
modifying from just plain html to css, php and MySQL. I'm working on
FreeBSD 7.0, MySQL 5.1,30, PHP5.28 & Apache 2.2.11.
I need figure out how to set up (design) a database of books which gets
rather complicated since I must implement searches of the database based
on key words including categories, ISBN numbers, authors, dates, etc. etc.
The problem is how to deal with duplication of the data - In other
words, a book may have not only several authors, but also several ISBN
numbers, fall under several categories, different dates (year of
publication), several publishers & I probably haven't yet seen all of
I certainly do not want to enter the same book many times with just one
of each different variable. I suppose that one way to do it is to enter
one row with a lot of columns to store all the the different variables;
a search would probably be simpler this way if the search criteria are
limited to 1 word. Or would it? I rather do think that the search should
be limited to 1 word anyway. :-)
If the search would be for a category, for instance, would it make sense
to use a column for category with an input of keywords for the different
categories?; rather than a column for each category or another table of
Multiple publication years could probably be different row entries since
there would not be more than 2 or would be a different publisher,
language, or country.
I really with to K.I.S.S this undertaking and would appreciate any help
If it helps, you can see the site as it is at present
http://www.ptahhotep.com - but since it is rather messed up at the
moment, it is best viewed with IE. Some of the links and jscripts don't
work on FireFox.