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PHP Programming with PEAR by Stoyan Stefanov, Carsten Lucke

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Chapter 1. MDB2

The Web has matured and grown over the last decade and with it the need for more complex and dynamic sites. While storing information in a text file or simple database may have been suitable in the past, these days any serious application developer requires a firm knowledge of how to wield the relational database.

From the earliest versions of PHP, programmers have always been able to count on strong database support. However until the recent release of PDO there had been no standard way of interfacing with the multiple database drivers bundled with PHP. The lack of unified API has spawned several efforts to create database abstraction layers (DBAL). The primary goal of these efforts is to enable developers to write code that is ...

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