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PHP 101 (part 8): Databases And Other Animals
Hook your PHP scripts up to a MySQL database.

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One of the most compelling things PHP has going for it is its support for a variety of database management systems, including MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle and Microsoft Access. By virtue of this support, PHP developers can create sophisticated data-driven Web applications at a fraction of the time and cost required by competing alternatives. And nowhere is this more clear than in PHP's longtime support of MySQL, the very fast, very reliable and very feature-rich open-source RDBMS.

By using PHP and MySQL together, developers can benefit from huge savings on the licensing costs of commercial alternatives, and also leverage off the tremendous amount of thought PHP and MySQL developers have put into making sure that the two packages work together seamlessly and smoothly. And since both PHP and MySQL are open-source projects, when you use the two of them together you know you're getting the most up-to-date technology available. And that's always a good thought to go to bed with.

OK. Enough of the marketing talk. Let's get down to business.

In this issue of PHP 101, I'm going to show you how to use PHP to extract data from a database, and use that data to dynamically build a Web page. In order to try out the examples in this tutorial, you'll need a working MySQL installation, which you can obtain from the MySQL Web site at http://www.mysql.com/. If you have some knowledge of SQL (Structured Query Language, the language used to interact with a database server) you'll find it helpful, but it's not essential.

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