I want to thank you all for your insight on PHP and database options, particularly to 

Many of you commented on using MySQL or Oracle and such, commenting how better it 
would be.  I STRONGLY agree that using MySQL or any DMBS database application is a FAR 
better options.  Although I am in a situation where I can only use FLAT FILE 
databases.  I know it is not the best solution, but better than no database at all.  I 
have looked into your suggestions on using "dbase_create", "php_dbase.dll", "dbm", 
"dba", "xml", "com" and such, yet without finding a real solution.  So, I am 
developing my own custom functions to maintain FLAT FILE databases.

$conf_array = _FILEDB::Open( '/data/file.txt' );

_FILEDB::Edit( $conf_array, $line_id, $header, $new_value );
_FILEDB::Search( $conf_array, 'LIKE', 'joh*' );
_FILEDB::SearchHeader( $conf_array, 'LIKE', 'FNAME', 'John' );

Well, when I get done I'll post a link to download it for free.  I know everyone is 
PRO MySQL, so am I.  I just think flat files should not be excluded.  Again, thank you 
all for your help.

John Negretti


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Negretti, John (CCI-San Diego) 
> Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2002 9:00 AM
> Subject: [PHP-WIN] PHP and databases? ...without MySQL and such
> Hello All,
>       I am somewhat new to PHP and I have a question relating 
> to FLAT FILE databases.  First let me give an introduction to 
> my question.
> I used to work at a company ( where we developed 
> our own scripting language "Miva Script", so my only 
> experience with PHP was for comparison and such.  The company 
> was not doing so good and was barley afloat, so I left.  In 
> my efforts to find a new scripting language I choose PHP over 
> ColdFusion, even though Miva Script was so similar to 
> ColdFusion.  I am loving PHP, I never realized just how 
> extensive PHP is.  Now I am at a big company where "red tape" 
> has to be dealt with before I could get access to a database 
> server.  With the Miva Script language it has it's own 
> built-in database (dBASE-DBF), so databases were never a 
> problem with web development.  So, I am stuck with either 
> using PHP and finding a solution "or" reverting to Miva 
> Script, which I do NOT want to do, of course I want to stay 
> with PHP.  I have been doing some research on and 
> such and have not found too much information on PHP with Flat 
> File or DBF databases.  I did find some PHP scripts working 
> with Flat File databases, but not really what I need.  Does 
> anyone have any suggestions, or is PHP mostly just for MySQL and such.
> I am developing some PHP classes/functions that are utilizing 
> "file()" and "array()" to read and edit my flat files.  It's 
> not perfected yet and I am running into difficulties here and 
> there and this is why am I asking for any opinions or 
> comments on available resources.  When I get done with it 
> I'll post it for free at (my personal site). 
>  Well, I do give thanks in advance for any help.
> NOTE: I think PHP is a great language and I do hope to stick 
> with it.  There are many great resources like 
>, and the extensive 
> documentation at  Thanks to all that help us new 
> PHP developers.
>       John Negretti
>       Web Applications Developer
>       Cox Communications
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