Working with Databases
Modern web sites are incredibly powerful, and much of this power derives from their ability to store information. Storing information allows developers to create highly customizable interactions between their software and its users, ranging from entry-based blogs and commenting systems to high-powered banking applications that handle sensitive transactions securely.
This chapter covers the basics of MySQL, a powerful, open source database. I also demonstrate an object-oriented approach to using MySQL in your PHP projects. Subjects covered include the following: