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Direct MySQL Stream Access - Revised
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Roughly three years ago I was writing about Direct MySQL Stream Access - a way to access the low-level stream PHP's mysqlnd library is using. Back then this had been a patch against PHP's mysqli extension. As such a feature is quite dangerous (you can easily mess with the connection state which confuses mysqlnd and/or the MySQL server) we didn't push it into the main PHP tree. Now three years later it's time to look at this again as we don't need to patch PHP anymore.

Since the mentioned patch was written mysqlnd got a plugin interface about which I was talking before. This plugin-interface, especially in the version of PHP 5.4, makes it trivial to implement this feature.

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mysqlnd plugins and json
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Some time ago I was already writing about the power included with mysqlnd plugins and how they can they can be used transparently to help you with your requirements without changing your code. But well, as mysqlnd plugins in fact are regular PHP extensions they can export functions to the PHP userland and providing complete new functionality.

In my spare time I'm currently writing a shiny Web 2.0 application where I'm heavily using AJAX-like things, so what I do quite often in this application is, basically this: Check some pre-conditions (permissions etc.) then select some data from the database, do a fetch_all to get the complete result set as an array and run it through json_encode; or to have it in code:

<?php
$m = new MySQLi(/*...*/);
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Berkeley DB 5 and PHP
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Everybody working on Unix or in the database world stumbles over Oracle Berkeley DB every now and then. DB is an Open Source embedded database used by applications like OpenLDAP or Postfix. Traditionally it followed mostly a key-value access pattern. Now what caught my attention was the fact that the recently released DB 5.0 provides an SQLite-like C API with the promise of providing better concurrency and performance than regular SQLite. Time to give it a shot.

So I grabbed the source distribution, checked the documentation and saw that I shall use the


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Direct MySQL Stream Access
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Ever wondered what your PHP application and MySQL actually do? An experimental mysqlnd branch will give you full access to the network communication stream. Using a custom PHP stream filter you can then intercept the communication ... but let's start at the beginning:

When talking about mysqlnd - the mysql native driver for PHP - we always mention the fact it's native in a way that we're, when possible, using PHP infrastructure. The most common example here is the memory management. By directly using PHP's memory we can avoid unnecessary copies of data from the MySQL Client Library's memory into PHP memory.

<?php
$mysqli = mysqli_connect("localhost", "root", "",
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