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Boring Book, Good To Great, and Learning MySQL. Continuing Week #2.

January 11th, 2009

So I ran into a bit of a problem with a couple days left on my vacation. I was able to read The Last Lecture in a couple days so I started John Hodgman’s More Information Than You Require. But within the first 5 pages I realized the book was a lemon. So I stopped reading. And it was difficult. I literally went through withdrawals the last couple days in Mexico. There are a couple books waiting for me at my office, but I got home on Saturday and won’t be in the office until Monday so I started reading Good To Great and I’m glad I did. It’s an enjoyable read and because I was able to get through the relatively short The Last Lecture, I’m still very much ahead of schedule with book #3 just 11 days into 2009.

As luck would have it, I had my PHP & MySQL book with me for reference and I took full advantage of it. I’ve struggled with PHP & MySQL and have often thought that I’m just not cut out to be good at either one. I realized that I’ve always tried to tackle PHP & MySQL at the same time. So I decided to just try my hand at MySQL, and spent all of the 5 hour return flight working with MySQL. And largely because of Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, I’m convinced that there generally aren’t “born naturals” and that everyone can be good at whatever they want. And about 2 hours into it I really started to enjoy myself. I’ll never have 10,000 hours under my belt, but one of many side effects of this little goal is that I’m learning other little things besides reading speed and comprehension.

So I’ve decided to shut down Bento, and create my own MySQL database that tracks this resolution. This will enable me, through PHP, to display my reading data however I want, wherever I want, and give me a reason to continue learning MySQL. To make sure I’m learning from the ground-up, I’m determined to interact with this new MySQL database solely through Terminal, rather than Navicat or PHPMyAdmin. This is something that doesn’t come naturally to me, but I’m sure, someday will. Being a MySQL n00b is totally a blast.

Creating a basic MySQL table and records through Terminal:

After a couple days of working with a local MySQL database, logging into a remote MySQL server through SSH and creating a database through a command line was, I’m hesitant to admit, thoroughly thrilling.

So, long story short, I’ve started reading Good To Great, and I’m ahead of schedule. I’ve had 4 or 5 business books to read in the last month, so I’m thinking of tackling the history text that is, at this moment, sitting on my desk at work.

Authors, Books, Good To Great, Jim Collins, Side Effects