Hi all,

I'm a kinda-sorta newbie to php -- I basically just futz around with it
because it's pretty cool.

However, I'm brand spanking new to databases.  Never did anything with them.
I taught myself a little SQL because it looked fun to learn, but I just
thumbed through some books.  I never really used a database in earnest.  Too
difficult to set up, and my dual Celeron 333 is underpowered as it is
without having an extra daemon running.

Yesterday, I taught myself sqlite + perl, and that was a LOT of fun.  But
then I remembered I hate using perl for CGI, so today I started messing
around with sqlite for php4.

There's something I'm not groking about php's syntax.  When I look at how
you're supposed to quote stuff in sqlite for php4:

        sqlite_query( $handle, "
                INSERT INTO course VALUES (
                        '" . sqlite_escape_string($termcode)    . "',
                        '" . sqlite_escape_string($semester)    . "',
                        '" . sqlite_escape_string($course)      . "',
                        '" . sqlite_escape_string($course_desc) . "',
                        '" . sqlite_escape_string($college)     . "',
                        '" . sqlite_escape_string($reference)   . "'
        ") or die("Error bravo in query: " .

it makes me want to cry.  Php should be prettier than Perl, not uglier.  We
have single quotes, double quotes and a string quote function.

How am I supposed to parse this?  What's the purpose for all this quoting?

And is there a _nicer_ way of doing this?


PS- I don't want to count out the possibility that some of my values have
quote characters in them.

The mathematics of physics has become ever more abstract, rather than more
complicated.  The mind of God appears to be abstract but not complicated.
He also appears to like group theory.  --  Tony Zee's "Fearful Symmetry"

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