The Underground PHP and Oracle Manual Updated

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p. “Chris Jones”: and “Allison Holloway”: both posted recently that Oracle has released a new version of the “The Underground PHP and Oracle Manual”:

p. Chris says that there are more than 50 pages of new content and gives the following list of highlights.

*(disc) Updated the versions of software in the install steps. Show how to use the Windows MSI installer. Added a section on upgrading OCI8 in PHP4. Added a section on enabling PDO.
* Updated the SQL Developer section (thanks to Sue Harper).
* Improved and extended the examples. Many more can now be cut-and-pasted and run standalone.
* Added new connection performance tips.
* Show how to retrieve PL/SQL “success with information” errors.
* Added a section on testing.
* Added a chapter mapping PHP 4 to PHP 5 function names.
* Added a chapter on mapping ora_* to oci_* function names

p. I think Allison pointed out the best feature of this cool manual when she said.

bq. So go get it now. Did I mention it’s free?

p. I “reviewed”: this manual last year and in looking over the latest version, I haven’t changed my opinion. This is a great book for PHP developers who want to learn how to work with Oracle.

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