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Database Abstraction With PHP

One of the nicest things about Perl - the DBI module - finallymakes an appearance in PHP. Take a look at the PEAR database abstractionlayer, by far one of the coolest PHP widgets out there.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. Database Abstraction With PHP
  2. Alphabet Soup
  3. Sultans Of Swing
  4. Independence Day
  5. Different Strokes
  6. The Number Game
  7. Preparing For The Long Haul
  8. Commitment Issues
  9. No News Is Good News
  10. Catch Me If You Can
  11. Once Again, The Headlines
By: icarus, (c) Melonfire
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February 13, 2002

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I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but a long time ago, I used to be a Perl programmer.

Not a good one, mind you. A very bad one. One who would continually get confused by the difference between hashes and arrays, and hated every second of writing a regex. One who felt like curling up and crying for Mommy every time he had to use strict().

Then I discovered PHP, and my life suddenly took a turn for the better. Gone were those agonizingly-strange symbols and convoluted syntactical constructs. PHP was clean, user-friendly and came with a manual that actually seemed to be written by humans. I felt reborn.

There was one thing I missed about Perl, though - the DBI. The DBI provided a database-independent way to write database-driven Perl code, a necessity when developing dynamic Web sites. PHP, on the other hand, had specific functions to be invoked for each database type - which made code written for one database system hard to port over to other database systems.

Then I found PHP's database abstraction layer, and I felt like I'd come home.

 
 
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