Over the last few days different people asked me for comments about PHP dropping MySQL support. These questions confused me, but meanwhile I figured out where these rumors come from and what they mean.
The simple facts are: No, PHP is not dropping MySQL support and we, Oracle's MySQL team, continue working with the PHP community.
For the long story we first have to remember what "PHP's MySQL support" includes. There key part are four extensions which are part of the main PHP tree:
The first one, ext/mysql provides the mysql_* functions. This is the classic interface taught in many (old) books and used by lots of (old) software. mysqli is "mysql improved", this is a younger[Read more...]