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PHP 5.1 features a new data access layer, PHP Data Objects (PDO), that provides a clear, simple (but powerful), unified API for working with all our favorite databases. Features include prepared statements with bound parameters (for all databases, even those that don’t natively support them), transactions, cursors, LOBs, and flexible error handling. Also examined are the issues of cross-database portability and how best to use PDO to avoid some of the pitfalls associated with that topic. Join Furlong to learn more about the future of database access in PHP.
Wez Furlong is the Director of Engineering at Message Systems. In the PHP world, Furlong is a PHP Core developer, the so-called “King of PECL,” the PHP Extension Community Library, and helps to maintain the php.net server infrastructure. Furlong has authored and maintains a number of PHP extensions, and designed and implemented the PHP Streams layer. Furlong currently resides in Columbia, Maryland with his wife, son, and dog.