At 8:29 PM -0700 2000-07-30, Mike Wexler wrote:
>Paul DuBois wrote:
>> At 6:56 PM -0700 2000-07-30, henrydesiato@stripped wrote:
>> >Aha! Now that makes perfect sense! I think what you just wrote should go
>> >directly into the CREATE TABLE page. Thank you for all your help.
>> Actually, pretty much all of what he wrote, which is perfectly correct,
>> is basic database terminology. What you have been demonstrating with
>> your posts, I suspect, is that you are a newcomer to databases, without
>> familiarity with the idea of, e.g., what an index is or what it is for.
>> That's not a criticism, just an observation. Your experience (or
>>lack of it,
>> if I'm correct) seems to be leading you to expect that the MySQL Reference
>> Manual should be a basic text on SQL and relational databases. That is
>> not what it's for. It's a reference manual. It's not going to teach
>> you database basics. For that, you should probably get a general text
>> that does purport to teach basic stuff.
>At the beginning of the introduction, it should say this and have a
>link to section 1.8.
>Also in section 1.8, the URLs should be links.
>This might help the beginners (if they read the introduction) and gives
>us a quick place to send people (page 1 of the manual), when we realize
>that they are unfamiliar with SQL.
Done. It should show up next time the Web site is updated.
Paul DuBois, paul@stripped