Adrian W. West is an active web design and development consultant at amwebdesign.co.uk. He also writes monthly computer help articles in two local magazines. Adrian is the author of Practical HTML5 Projects, also published by Apress. Frustrated by the over-complicated MySQL manuals that assumed the reader would fill in the many gaps in the instructions, he researched, tested and developed a fully explained and simplified method to eliminate the difficulties he experienced; this book is the result. Steve Prettyman earned his bachelor of arts degree in education from Oglethorpe University in 1979. He quickly began his teaching career as a high school mathematics instructor while continuing his education by earning a master's degree in business information systems from Georgia State University (1985). Since then, Steve has spent over 30 years in the IT industry. The last, almost 20 years, he has been an instructor and professor at Chattahoochee Technical College, Kennesaw State University, and Southern Polytechnic State University. He is currently the Computer Science Department Chair for Florida Keys Community College, Key West, Florida. His primary teaching responsibilities include programming, web design, and web application development.