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O'Reilly Network: Are PHP and MySQL the Perfect Couple?

Jun 17, 2000, 22:22 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by W.J. Gilmore)

"MySQL and PHP have developed a special sort of relationship over the past few years, perhaps due in large part to the fact that they are both freely available for download. The increased popularity of this dynamic duo, coupled with boundless enthusiasm from core developers of both technologies, culminated in a "meeting of the minds" in Israel earlier this year. This resulted in the MySQL library being packaged with the PHP 4.0 distribution, in addition to an agreement to help each other improve the performance quality of product integration whenever the opportunity arises."

"While the ability to easily embed dynamic code into your web application is cool, this is just the beginning of what PHP has to offer. The ability to make mathematical calculations, parse strings, manipulate databases, and do much more via the web browser is easy given the hundreds of predefined PHP functions. PHP 4.0 further expands upon this vast functionality, offering several new features which greatly increase the overall appeal of the language."

"...one of the main attractions of PHP is the vast support it provides for various database servers. This convention is certainly the case for the MySQL database server as well, with over thirty predefined functions. Although it is not my intention to cover each function, several of the more applicable scenarios will be covered in detail."

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