[thelist] PEAR vs PHP

Kevin Stevens kjs at ratking.co.uk
Fri May 14 06:41:29 CDT 2010

    I am currently looking for a new job having quit my last one, and to 
make myself more employable I have been spending my time learning PHP 
from an O'Reilly book. I have downloaded and installed WAMP but the 
problem I am having is that the book uses PEAR to connect to the 
database, but  PHP 5 doesn't seem to be able to do this. I have never 
used PHP in a commercial job so I would like your opinion about what to 
do next, and my question is...

Is PEAR used a lot commercially or is standard PHP used instead?

I just need to know whether to try to get an earlier version of PHP 
working and learn PEAR, or not bother and use what I have already.


Kevin Stevens

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