Oracle Resources for PHP
Here are some key resources for working with PHP and Oracle technologies.
- Overall Links
Oracle : Oracle Technology Network (OTN)
Homepage : The PHP Developer Center -- downloads, how-tos, sample code and discussion forums brought to you by OTN.
Read : PHP Articles -- a collection of informative articles on OTN.
PHP Oracle Database Extension : OCI8 is the most available and scalable PHP adapter for the Oracle database. It is included with PHP, and is also separately downloadable for upgrading older PHP releases. OCI8 works with PHP 4 and PHP 5, and will compile with Oracle 9iR2, 10g and 11g client libraries. Oracle's standard cross-version compatibility and connectivity is applicable, so OCI8 can connect to older or newer databases, locally or remotely. The latest OCI8 release includes support for Oracle Database 11g Database Resident Connection Pooling (DRCP), and for Fast Application Notification (FAN) [whitepaper here], and also has support for Oracle's authentication and end-to-end tracing meta data attributes [article here]. These features improve scalability and availabilty of the OCI8 extension.
The OCI8 extension can also be used with the Oracle In-Memory Database Cache.
Book : The Underground PHP & Oracle Manual -- the definitive, free guide to using PHP with Oracle Database.
Read : PHP & High Scalability -- covers enabling DRCP and FAN for PHP applications.
Read : PHP Web Auditing, Authorization and Monitoring with Oracle Database -- learn how to audit individual web users, automatically apply rules to individual web users to restrict data access, and monitor and trace database usage per application user.
Forum : The Oracle & PHP forum -- technical discussion forum for using PHP with Oracle.
Blog : PHP and Oracle: Christopher Jones -- The latest news on PHP and Oracle.
Database : Oracle Express Edition Database -- an entry-level, small-footprint database based on the standard Oracle Database code base that's free to develop, deploy, and distribute; fast to download; and simple to administer.
PHP OCI8 works with Oracle Database XE the same way it works with the other editions of Oracle Database.
Oracle Database XE is a great starter database for:
- Developers working on PHP, Python, Ruby, Java, .Net and other open source applications.
- DBAs who need a free, starter database for training and deployment
- Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and hardware vendors who want a starter database to distribute free of charge
- Educational institutions and st
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