If you want to know more about MySQL and MariaDB plugins read below. Our (Andrew Hutchings and mine) book MySQL 5.1 Plugins Development was just published by Packt. As far as I know it’s the first and the only book completely dedicated to MySQL Plugin API. It covers all existing in 5.1 plugin types, from Daemon to Storage Engines, and does not shun from explaining less known or poorly understood features of the plugin API. It describes newer plugin API extensions too – such as authentication plugins and recent CREATE TABLE extension. Also there is one chapter dedicated to UDFs.

This a “learning by example” style book, very different from the reference manual style. It is written around 23 fully working and thoroughly explained plugins example – simple demos as well as practically useful ones. My personal favorites are

  • getrusage daemon plugin
  • condition pushdown I_S plugin
  • exif full-text parser
  • Tocab storage engine (with b-tree indexes!)
  • USB authentication plugin

See the complete list in the table of contents.

What others think:

  • http://rpbouman.blogspot.com/ Roland Bouman

    Hi serg!

    congratulations to you (and to Andy too of course :)

    I think this will be an essential resource for anyone that wants to seriously write MySQL plugins, and in addition I think this will be a fun and practical way to learn more about the MySQL server as well.

    kind regards,

    Roland Bouman

  • http://www.bookyap.com Tony

    I agree Roland. I think this will be essential for those planning on writing the plugins.