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PHP 5 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach by Jon Stephens, Frank M. Kromann, Nathan A. Good, Lee Babin

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CHAPTER 15Using MySQL Databases in PHP 5

An important aspect of web development is being able to collect, store, and retrieve many different forms of data. In the past, different methods have been created to handle such features. Flat files, which are essentially text-based informational files, were the standard for many years.

After many problems with portability, speed, and functionality, flat files were generally phased out in favor of true database applications. Many database solutions are available on the Internet, including Microsoft Access, SQL Server, Oracle, and a few others.

Out of the pack of available options, however, one piece of database software has proven repeatedly to be a robust, affordable solution. MySQL is the database ...

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