I am trying to make a connection to the MySQL database from PHP but it
seems like I am missing a step or something and hence cannot connect
to the database. I have tried everything but I can't figure out why.
Please suggest/help (I am a beginner in PHP/MySQL/Apache).

I am using MySQL 5.0.51a-community-nt on my Windows XP machine. PHP
version used is 5.2 and Apache version is 2.2.

Code Snippet:


echo "Print this..."; // THIS MESSAGE IS PRINTED

$link = mysql_connect($hostname,$mysql_login,$mysql_password);

echo " After connecting to the database..."; // THIS DOES NOT PRINT
if (!$link) {
die (mysql_error()); // NOR THIS ONE

$dbname = 'sampleapp';

echo $link;

if (!$link) {
    die('Could not connect: ' . mysql_error());
        echo "Some problem here....";
//echo 'Connected successfully';

Any help is appreciated.

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