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DevShed: PHP 101 (part 4) - Look, Ma...It's Alive!

Sep 06, 2000, 17:17 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Vikram Vaswani, Harish Kamath)

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"One of the most important factors driving PHP's popularity over the last couple of years has been its support for a variety of databases, including mySQL, mSQL, Oracle and Microsoft Access. By simplifying and streamlining database access, PHP allows developers to build complex data-driven Web applications while enjoying short development cycles because of the simplicity and flexibility of the language."

"One of the most powerful combinations in the open source arena is the PHP/mySQL combination. For those of you new to open-source technology - where have you been, you galoots?! - mySQL is a fast, reliable, open-source database management system. By using PHP and mySQL, developers can provide customers with huge savings on the licensing costs of other commercially-licensed software, and also benefit from the tremendous amount of thought that PHP and mySQL developers have put into making sure that the two packages work together seamlessly and smoothly...."

"In this issue of PHP 101, we're going to show you how to use PHP to extract data from a database, and use that data to build a dynamic Web page. All you need are the usual pre-requisites: a sense of humour, and a willingness to try something new. Some knowledge of SQL (Structured Query Language, the language used to interact with a database server) would be helpful, though not essential."

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