> Databases - although PHP 'supports' many databases natively, the support
> is in the form of 3rd party libraries with PHP wrapper functions.
> Nothing inherently wrong with that, but the current method dictates that
> to use oracle you use oci_ functions, for mysql you use mysql_
> functions, etc., giving rise to the 'database portability' issue. Yes,
> there are db abstraction classes available in PHP, but nothing is native
> to the language, and that extra layer slows things down (just like ODBC
> can slow things down in the Windows world). Don't go throwing 'native
> db' support around too much without backing it up with solid argument.
Michael, see ext/dbx - the abstraction doesn't get any more native than
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