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Blobbing Data With PHP and MySQL

It seems that the latest and greatest use for databases is storing large amounts of binary data, known as BLOB's. These BLOB's can store just about any type of data imaginable, including MS Word documents, GIF/JPEG images, PDF files, MP3's, etc. In this article Mitchell shows us how to create a binary file repository using PHP and MySQL that can store and retrieve several different file types.

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By: Mitchell Harper
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February 05, 2002
  1. · Blobbing Data With PHP and MySQL
  2. · Creating the database
  3. · Adding blobs to the database
  4. · The grabfile.php script
  5. · Displaying the files
  6. · The downloadfile.php script
  7. · Conclusion

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Blobbing Data With PHP and MySQL - Conclusion
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As you can see from the examples and scripts in this article, storing files as binary data in a MySQL database isn't too hard to accomplish.

If you're curious about BLOB's, or in need of a script similar to the one described in this article, then feel free to take it and modify it to your hearts content. All of the scripts for this article are available as part of the support material, using the link under the "Support Material" section below.
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