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PHP Application Development With ADODB (part 2)
Find out how ADODB can be used to optimize multiple-run queries, commit and roll back transactions, and improve performance by caching query results.

| Rapid Execution |

In the event that you need to execute a particular query multiple times with different values - for example, a series of INSERT statements - the ADODB class comes with two methods that can save you a huge amount of time and also reduce overhead. Consider the following example, which demonstrates:

// uncomment this to see plaintext output in your browser
// header("Content-Type: text/plain");

// include the ADODB library

// create an object instance
// configure library for a MySQL connection
$db = NewADOConnection("mysql");

// open connection to database
$db->Connect("localhost", "john", "doe", "db278") or die("Unable to connect!");

// prepare query
$query = $db->Prepare("INSERT INTO library (title, author) VALUES (?, ?)");

// read title-author list in from CSV file
$data = file("list.txt");

// iterate through each line in file
foreach ($data as $l)
// split on comma
$arr = explode(",", $l);
// insert values into prepared query
$result = $db->Execute($query, array($arr[0], $arr[1])) or die("Error in query: $query. " . $db->ErrorMsg());

// clean up

The Prepare() function, which takes an SQL query as parameter, readies a query for execution, but does not execute it (kinda like the priest that walks down the last mile with you to the electric chair). Instead,
prepare() returns a handle to the prepared query, which is stored and then passed to the Execute() method, which actually executes the query (bzzzt!).

Note the two placeholders used in the query string passed to Prepare() - these placeholders are replaced by actual values each time Execute() runs on the prepared statement. The second argument to Execute() is a PHP array containing the values to be substituted in the query string.

It should be noted that using Prepare() can provide performance benefits when you have a single query to be executed a large number of times with different values. However, this benefit is only available to you if your database system supports prepared queries (MySQL does not at this time, although Interbase and Oracle do); in all other cases, only simulated functionality is available and Prepare() becomes equivalent to a simple Execute(), with no inherent performance gain.

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