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Re: PHP is the scourge

Dave Rolsky
December 7, 2004 08:13
Re: PHP is the scourge
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On Tue, 7 Dec 2004, Christopher Hicks wrote:

>> From my experience, switching databases from one to another in PHP when 
>> using Pear::DB isn't any more difficult than if I were using DBI or JDBC 
>> because the hard part in switching Databases is always in the "native" 
>> database code.
> Alzabo seems to do a good job of dealing with these things if database 
> portability is a big deal for the project.  I've considered using it for 
> managing database changes over time, but keeping a history of the alter 
> tables and create tables works for now.

I think it does an ok job, but that's not really it's goal.  I also don't 
think this is super important.  You pick a particular DBMS because you 
think it's the right tool for the job.  Only in a few rare cases (apps 
written for wide distribution) is there any reason to consider portability 
across DBMS backends.

I've never written an app for a client that started on one backend and 
moved to another.  I imagine that if this were to happen, it'd be because 
the new backend provided some set of features that were now important to 
the app, and some code changes would be necessary to take advantage of 


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