I can't help but notice that MSSQL, Sybase, and Sybase CT-Lib each have their
own PHP extension.  What I wonder if many people have /not/ noticed is that
two of these extensions implement the same C API on different platforms (mssql
targetted for Windows systems, sybase targetted for Unix systems), and all
three implement the same database protocol on the wire.

In light of this, would it not be to everyone's advantage to consolidate
developer efforts and merge the ext/mssql and ext/sybase modules?  (Providing
appropriate PHP_FALIAS wrappers for backwards compat, of course.)  I can't
imagine that there is so much difference between these two codebases that we
need one extension with a .dsp file and one extension with a config.m4 file.

Are there other reasons why PHP developers would prefer not to combine these
two extensions into one?

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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