Developing PHP Applications for IBM Data Servers

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Published 19 May 2006, updated 18 July 2007

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ISBN-10: 0738497460
ISBN-13: 9780738497464
IBM Form #: SG24-7218-00
(438 pages)

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Authors: Whei-Jen Chen, Holger Kirstein, Daniel Krook, Kiran H Nair, Piotr Pietrzak


PHP is one of the world's most popular programming languages for building dynamic data-driven Web applications, and IBM data serv­ers store a majority of the world's data -- combining these two technologies is a natural step for any Web developer.
This IBM Redbooks publication provides lots of information for developers, including code samples for creating PHP applications with DB2, Informix Dynamic Server (IDS), and Cloudscape. We use the latest PHP data access extensions including: PHP Data Objects (PDO) and the native ibm_db2 extension for PHP.
We describe the installation and configuration details for setting up the IBM data servers and Apache Web application server for PHP applications. We include Zend Core for IBM, Zend Studio installation, and configuration.
In addition, we discuss the process of porting PHP applications from MySQL 5 to DB2 UDB V8.2.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Technology overview
Chapter 2. Sample scenario description
Chapter 3. Zend installation and configuration
Chapter 4. PHP application development with DB2
Chapter 5. PHP applications with Informix database servers
Chapter 6. Port PHP applications from MySQL V5 to DB2 UDB V8.2
Appendix A. An introduction to Service Data Objects for PHP

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