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PHP 101 (part 9): SQLite My Fire!
Get to grips with SQLite, the new database in PHP 5.x.

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If you've been paying attention, you now know how to use PHP's MySQL API to perform queries and process result sets. You might even have started thinking about how to re-program your site to run off a MySQL database. All of this is a Good Thing - it means you're getting comfortable with using PHP's database support to power your applications - but there's still a little further to go.

As you saw in the previous segment, enabling MySQL support in PHP 5.0 is not as simple as it used to be. Instead of supporting MySQL out of the box, PHP now requires you to make all kinds of decisions about versions and libraries before allowing you to hook your scripts up to a MySQL database. If you're lazy (and deep down, we both know you are), you might instead prefer to try a simpler option: the SQLite database engine.

Built-in SQLite support is new to PHP 5.0, and offers users a lightweight database system that is fast, efficient and gets the job done. Since it's enabled by default in PHP 5.0, it provides a viable alternative to MySQL; you can use it out of the box, without spending time on version checks and library downloads; just install PHP 5 and start typing. That's why I'm devoting a whole tutorial to it - so get out of bed, make yourself some coffee and let's get started!


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How to do Everything with PHP & MySQL, the best-selling book by Melonfire, explains how to take full advantage of PHP's built-in support for MySQL and link the results of database queries to Web pages. You'll get full details on PHP programming and MySQL database development, and then you'll learn to use these two cutting-edge technologies together. Easy-to-follow sample applications include a PHP online shopping cart, a MySQL order tracking system, and a PHP/MySQL news publishing system.

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