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What should I use PDO or ezSQL?

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Should I be using PDO or ezSQL for database connections?

- What are the benefits of each?
- Which is the most efficient?
- Do they fix inconsistencies between different SQL implementations (for example, MySQL and MSSQL)?
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Ray Paseur earned 250 total points
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My belief is that whatever you choose should be considered a "permanent" choice, and you should write your programming to take advantage of the features of the SQL implementation.  In mySQL, REPLACE INTO is a good example.  It's not "standards compliant" but it works great for lots of things.

Efficiency of the engine is not usually of any importance to the efficiency of the application.  The biggest factors in app performance are data organization and indexes.  If your data relates in normalized, sensible ways you will be able to write efficient queries.

I usually have an abstraction layer of some sort, so that most of my table maintenance can be done with PUT and GET methods.  But most of my programming is SELECT related and there is not a lot of UPDATE work going on.  Not that it is intentional, just that my apps worked out that way.

All that said, I would choose PDO if you want.  Search the PHP.net web site for information about both PDO and ezSQL and you will see why!

Best regards, ~Ray
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I would choose either PDO or MySQLi rather than a niche product. ezSQL is used on thousands of websites whereas PDO or MySQLi is measured in millions. My own bias would be MySQLi.

I agree with Ray's points about normalizing the data, but especially on INDEXing the data. Nothing makes a bigger difference then selecting proper indexes. We have solved more performance problems on EE through creating indexes on the database than just about any other measure I can think of.
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Thanks for the advice guys, looks like I shall be using PDO then!
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