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PHP and MySQL® Web Development, Fourth Edition by Laura Thomson, Luke Welling

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8 Designing Your Web Database

NOW THAT YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE BASICS of PHP, you can begin looking at integrating a database into your scripts. As you might recall, Chapter 2, “Storing and Retrieving Data,” described the advantages of using a relational database instead of a flat file. They include

image  RDBMSs can provide faster access to data than flat files.

image  RDBMSs can be easily queried to extract sets of data that fit certain criteria.

image  RDBMSs ...

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