Certified PHP Developer Learning Resources ODBC

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ODBC is an Application Programming Interface (API) to connect to a data source (e.g. an MS Access database). When programming to interact with ODBC you only need to use the ODBC API (a combination of ODBC extension function calls and the SQL language) to talk to different database products. The ODBC Manager will figure out how to contend with the type of database you are targeting.

An example:

# connect to a DSN "mydb" with a user and password "marin"
$connect = odbc_connect("mydb", "marin", "marin");

# query the users table for name and surname $query = "SELECT name, surname FROM users";

# perform the query $result = odbc_exec($connect, $query);

# fetch the data from the database while(odbc_fetch_row($result)){ $name = odbc_result($result, 1); $surname = odbc_result($result, 2); print("$name $surname\n"); }

# close the connection odbc_close($connect); ?>

ODBC Functions - Various ODBC functions are

  • odbc_autocommit — Toggle autocommit behaviour
  • odbc_binmode — Handling of binary column data
  • odbc_close_all — Close all ODBC connections
  • odbc_close — Close an ODBC connection
  • odbc_columnprivileges — Lists columns and associated privileges for the given table
  • odbc_columns — Lists the column names in specified tables
  • odbc_commit — Commit an ODBC transaction
  • odbc_connect — Connect to a datasource
  • odbc_cursor — Get cursorname
  • odbc_data_source — Returns information about a current connection
  • odbc_do — Alias of odbc_exec
  • odbc_error — Get the last error code
  • odbc_errormsg — Get the last error message
  • odbc_exec — Prepare and execute an SQL statement
  • odbc_execute — Execute a prepared statement
  • odbc_fetch_array — Fetch a result row as an associative array
  • odbc_fetch_into — Fetch one result row into array
  • odbc_fetch_object — Fetch a result row as an object
  • odbc_fetch_row — Fetch a row
  • odbc_field_len — Get the length (precision) of a field
  • odbc_field_name — Get the columnname
  • odbc_field_num — Return column number
  • odbc_field_precision — Alias of odbc_field_len
  • odbc_field_scale — Get the scale of a field
  • odbc_field_type — Datatype of a field
  • odbc_foreignkeys — Retrieves a list of foreign keys
  • odbc_free_result — Free resources associated with a result
  • odbc_gettypeinfo — Retrieves information about data types supported by the data source
  • odbc_longreadlen — Handling of LONG columns
  • odbc_next_result — Checks if multiple results are available
  • odbc_num_fields — Number of columns in a result
  • odbc_num_rows — Number of rows in a result
  • odbc_pconnect — Open a persistent database connection
  • odbc_prepare — Prepares a statement for execution
  • odbc_primarykeys — Gets the primary keys for a table
  • odbc_procedurecolumns — Retrieve information about parameters to procedures
  • odbc_procedures — Get the list of procedures stored in a specific data source
  • odbc_result_all — Print result as HTML table
  • odbc_result — Get result data
  • odbc_rollback — Rollback a transaction
  • odbc_setoption — Adjust ODBC settings
  • odbc_specialcolumns — Retrieves special columns
  • odbc_statistics — Retrieve statistics about a table
  • odbc_tableprivileges — Lists tables and the privileges associated with each table
  • odbc_tables — Get the list of table names stored in a specific data source
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