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    Senior Member mikeycorn's Avatar
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    Here's how my book has me connecting to my database:

    PHP Code:
      define ('DB_USER''user'); 
    define ('DB_PASSWORD''pword'); 
    define ('DB_HOST''localhost'); 
    define ('DB_NAME''user_test'); 
    $dbc mysql_connect (DB_HOSTDB_USERDB_PASSWORD
        or die (
    'Could not connect to MySQL: '.mysql_error()); 
    mysql_select_db (DB_NAME
        or die (
    'Could not select the database: '.mysql_error()); 

    It's working fine, but now I need to check my table to see if a specific primary key exists.

    I stumbled upon the dba_exists function (not covered in my book) but the online php manuals I've seen only mention that it's used in conjunction with dba_open and don't give any examples.

    dba_open is described as

    resource dba_open ( string path, string mode, string handler [, ...] )

    dba_open() establishes a database instance for path with mode using handler.

    How do I reconcile the mysql_connect & mysql_select_db method that I've been taught in my book with the dba_exists? Is dba_open just another way of doing the same thing that mysql_connect & mysql_select_db do?

    And what the heck is a string handler?
    ~ mikeycorn
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