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Paul DuBois is a writer, database administrator, and leader in the Open Source community. He is currently a Senior Technical Writer at MySQL AB. In addition to MySQL, he is also the author of MySQL and Perl for the Web, MySQL Cookbook, Using csh and tcsh, and Software Portability with imake.
Many web developers view development of C programs as a bit of a black art. Development of programs in a compiled language such as C is vastly different from the development of applications in a scripting language. To familiarize more developers with the MySQL C API, we present a three-part series of articles tailored to developers looking to get into C program development with MySQL. This first article is the full chapter from Paul DuBois' industry-standard work, MySQL, Fourth Edition, from Addison-Wesley. The second article, from Mark Schoonover, to be published next week, will cover development with the C API using the Eclipse CDT to write a sample program. The third article, also from MarkSchoonover, will go into more depth and expand the example program usingmore advanced features of the API.
The chapter covers a lot of ground, covering the following topics:
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