Using MySQL Stored Programs with PHP

The combination of PHP and MySQL is one of the most popular and powerful partnerships in open source web development and is a key component of the LAMP (Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP/Perl/Python) stack. There are reportedly more than 18 million web sites based on PHP technology (according to, and the majority of these are using MySQL as the underlying database.

PHP started off as a simple CGI-based processor for amateur web development in the mid-1990s. It borrowed heavily from the Perl language (at the time, the most popular approach for CGI-based dynamic web development), but was more tightly integrated with HTML andunlike Perlwas designed specifically for web development.

PHP takes a similar approach to dynamic web content as Microsoft's ASP (Active Server Pages) and J2EE's JSP (Java 2 Enterprise Edition Java Server Pages). All of these technologies involve embedding tags into HTML pages (renamed appropriately as PHP, ASP, or JSP pages, of course) that control the dynamic content of the page. In the case of PHP, the tags contain PHP code. The PHP code is executed by the PHP engine, which is usually deployed within the web server (Apache, IIS, etc.) and typically interacts with a database to provide dynamic, data-driven content.

As a language, PHP delivers much of the flexibility and power of the popular Perl open source scripting language and has a wide variety of interfaces to back-end databases. It is probably fair to characterize PHP as having a shallower learning curve than the ASP.NET or J2EE alternatives. Also, since PHP is open source, software licensing costs are, of course, minimal (although many larger enterprises seek support from Zend Corporation or another commercial entity).

In this chapter we will review the use of PHP with MySQL and show how stored programs can be used within PHP-based applications.

Part I: Stored Programming Fundamentals

Introduction to MySQL Stored Programs

MySQL Stored Programming Tutorial

Language Fundamentals

Blocks, Conditional Statements, and Iterative Programming

Using SQL in Stored Programming

Error Handling

Part II: Stored Program Construction

Creating and Maintaining Stored Programs

Transaction Management

MySQL Built-in Functions

Stored Functions


Part III: Using MySQL Stored Programs in Applications

Using MySQL Stored Programs in Applications

Using MySQL Stored Programs with PHP

Using MySQL Stored Programs with Java

Using MySQL Stored Programs with Perl

Using MySQL Stored Programs with Python

Using MySQL Stored Programs with .NET

Part IV: Optimizing Stored Programs

Stored Program Security

Tuning Stored Programs and Their SQL

Basic SQL Tuning

Advanced SQL Tuning

Optimizing Stored Program Code

Best Practices in MySQL Stored Program Development

MySQL Stored Procedure Programming
MySQL Stored Procedure Programming
ISBN: 0596100892
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 208

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