PHP and MySQL
Fast & Friendly Dynamic
The pairing of PHP and MySQL for managing
web content has become the most-installed databasing tool
on the web since we first mentioned it here in 2001. If you
haven't jumped on the wagon by installing a PHP-powered blog
or discussion board, here's a quick primer and some links
to tools to get you going.
What is PHP?
PHP is a malformed acronym for something
like Pre-Processor Hypertext something-or-other. It's actually
an awesome open-source server-side scripting language. One
of its more popular and effective uses is interacting with
databases using MySQL, which begs the question,
What is MySQL?
MySQL is a query language based on SQL (Structured
Query Language) that is very powerful, fast, cross-platform,
secure, and in some cases FREE, being that it's also open-source,
which begs the question,
What is Open-Source?
Open-Source, if you're not already aware,
is an all-inclusive term for a burgeoning community of developers
that believe in freely distributed applications. Things like
Linux, PHP, MySQL, etc. Code and scripts can be downloaded,
tinkered with, and shared with other users. Quite often, if
you know what you're doing, you can build a much more stable,
functional, and elegant solution for a web appplication, and
not spend any (or much) money doing it.
We've provided some links to resources
to get you started. If you find it intriguing but daunting,
contact us. We'd love to help
you build a database application that doesn't use Microsoft,
and doesn't cost $5,000.00 before you open the box. Not to
knock Microsoft, of course, but one of the nice things about
open-source applications though, is that they interface easily
with a lot of otherwise proprietary applications, so you can
still use your Microsoft-based tools like Access and Excel
as necessary, without spending thousands on licensing the