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An Introduction to PEAR

There have been several add-ons developed for PHP in the last couple of years, but none have reached the popularity of PEAR. PEAR is a framework and distribution for reusable PHP components. In this article John introduces us to PEAR, and more specifically, its PEAR::DB package, which is a set of classes that allows us to create generic code to talk to a variety of databases with minimal code changes.

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By: John Ferme
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March 03, 2002
  1. · An Introduction to PEAR
  2. · What is PEAR?
  3. · The PEAR::DB class
  4. · Conclusion

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An Introduction to PEAR - Conclusion
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As I'm sure you can tell by now, the PEAR::DB package provides us with an enormous amount of functionality, making our job as developers that much easier. All of the methods listed above are optimised, and really do make working with databases so much easier.

If you're planning to develop your site using say a MySQL database for development, and a PostreSQL server for production, then the PEAR::DB package will be invaluable to you: simply configure PHP with PostgreSQL support and change the connection properties of your DSN to work with either MySQL or PostrgreSQL.

For more information on PEAR, feel free to take a look at the books and links shown below.
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