PHP is a server-side, HTML-embedded scripting language that may be used to create dynamic Web pages. It is available for most operating systems and Web servers, and can access most common databases, including MySQL. PHP may be run as a separate program or compiled as a module for use with a Web server.
PHP provides three different MySQL API extensions:
Section 17.7.3, “MySQL Improved Extension (
Mysqli)”: Stands for “MySQL,
Improved”; this extension is available as of PHP 5.0.0.
It is intended for use with MySQL 4.1.1 and later. This
extension fully supports the authentication protocol used in
MySQL 5.0, as well as the Prepared Statements and Multiple
Statements APIs. In addition, this extension provides an
advanced, object-oriented programming interface.
Section 17.7.4, “MySQL Functions (PDO_MYSQL) (
MySQL (PDO))”: Not its own API, but
instead it's a MySQL driver for the PHP database abstraction
layer PDO (PHP Data Objects). The PDO MySQL driver sits in the
layer below PDO itself, and provides MySQL-specific
functionality. This extension is available as of PHP 5.1.0.
Section 17.7.2, “Original MySQL API (
Mysql)”: Available for PHP versions 4
and 5, this extension is intended for use with MySQL versions
prior to MySQL 4.1. This extension does not support the improved
authentication protocol used in MySQL 4.1, nor does it support
prepared statements or multiple statements. To use this
extension with MySQL 4.1, you will likely configure the MySQL
server to set the
system variable to 1 (see Section B.5.2.4, “
Client does not support authentication protocol”).
This extension was removed from PHP 5.5.0. All users must
migrate to either
PDO_MySQL. For further information, see
Section 22.214.171.124, “Choosing an API”.
The PHP distribution and documentation are available from the PHP Web site.
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