Getting Started with the Firebird Database Support
One of the first things you need to decide when starting planning and development on a new project is which database you intend using for the project. Do you go big budget with Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle, or towards the open source end of things with MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite all of which have different drawbacks?
In this series of articles Allan introduces us to another alternative – a completely free open source feature rich database, called Firebird. In future articles he's going to show us how to code support for Firebird into our PHP pages but this article starts with the crucial first steps – installation, how to change the admin password and creating a first database and table.
Allan comes from Cape Town, South Africa. He has been implicated in writing for several WROX, glasshaus, Wiley and Apress publications, generally in the 'cool stuff that PHP can do' sections.
You can catch up with him at his website http://www.mediafrenzy.co.za.