Access a MySQL Database Using PDO

This tutorial will show you how to access a mysql database using the PHP Data Objects interface, also known simply as PDO. One big advantage of using PDO versus other methods is the use of prepared statements which offers much better security than the mysql or mysqli libraries. Also PDO can connect to several different … Continue reading Access a MySQL Database Using PDO

Downloading and Installing Heidi SQL

Recently, John and I have been doing a lot of database work using MySQL and have had to connect to several large databases and manage them correctly. This can be a daunting task without a tool to easily do so. This is where Heidi SQL comes in. This tutorial will walk you through downloading, installing, and configuring Heidi SQL to use against your MySQL databases.

Editing MySQL Data Using PHP

We have had a few tutorial that show how to display and add data to a MySQL database. Now I am going to show you how to edit a row in your database. In previous examples we setup a table whcih contains: ID, FName, LName and PHON. We will be retreiving the data, making changes, then updating the row in the database. This tutorial is design for the user to update there own information so we will only be editing row for this user.

Convert a MySQL date field using PHP Functions

Today I am going to show you how to convert data returned from a MySQL database that was store as a date data type into a user friendly format. To do this you can take two different approaches. One way to do it is to use the function date_format() function in your query. The other way to to modify the date after it is returned.

Configuring and Creating a Database in MS SQL 2008

This tutorial will walk you through what you need to do to start using the installation of Microsoft SQL 2008 Express Edition that we did in the last tutorial. We will need to configure the services to allow incoming connections and we will also go through creating the database as well as some tables to insert information.