A database API is simply the collective name for the functions used to access the data. There are three database APIs in PHP: MySQL, MySQLi, and PDO. While all three methods are very similar, in this course you will learn the differences between each method. This online video will also show you both the procedural and object oriented versions of the functions used to access data.
In the last chapter, we learned the basic commands of MySQL. …Now we're ready to learn how to use PHP to issue those commands. …PHP offers three different ways to connect to MySQL. …Database API is the technical term for each of these connection options. …So, let's review these three Database APIs so that we can decide which one …we're going to use. The first one is going to be just called MySQL. …If the original MySQL API for PHP. The second one is MySQL I. …The i stands for improved. It just has some improvements over MySQL.…
It's very, very similar. And the third option is PDO. …Which stands for PHP Data Objects. Now, all three of these are extremely similar. …And once you learn how to use one, you can easily switch to another. …The differences are kind of like the differences between driving different …brands of cars. If you're driving a Honda when you're …used to driving a Toyota. The controls for the windshield wipers …and the headlights may be in different places. …But overall, the concepts are the same. And with just a few minutes, you can make …
- What is PHP?
- Installing and configuring PHP and MySQL
- Exploring data types
- Controlling code with logical expressions and loops
- Using PHP's built-in functions
- Writing custom functions
- Building dynamic webpages
- Working with forms and form data
- Using cookies and sessions to store data
- Connecting to MySQL with PHP
- Creating and editing database records
- Building a content management system
- Adding user authentication
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was revised on 6/4/2013. What changed?
A: The old version of this course was 6 years old and it was time for a complete revision, using PHP 5.4. (The tutorials will work with any version of PHP and covers any differences you might encounter). The author has also added updated installation instructions for Mac OS X Mountain Lion and Windows 8. The topics and end project are the same, but the code is slightly different. It also addresses frequently asked questions from the previous version.
Q: This course was updated on 5/20/2015. What changed?
A: We added one movie called "Changing the document root in Yosemite," which helps the Mac installation run more smoothly.
1. PHP Overview
2. Mac Installation
3. Windows Installation
4. First Steps
5. Exploring Data Types
6. Control Structures: Logical Expressions
7. Control Structures: Loops
8. User-Defined Functions
10. Building Web Pages with PHP
11. Working with Forms and Form Data
12. Working with Cookies and Sessions
13. MySQL Basics
14. Using PHP to Access MySQL
15. Building a Content Management System (CMS)
16. Using Site Navigation to Choose Content
17. Application CRUD
18. Building the Public Area
19. Regulating Page Access
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