> 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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