On 5/14/2010 6:50 AM, Jack Timmons wrote: > On Fri, May 14, 2010 at 6:41 AM, Kevin Stevens<kjs at ratking.co.uk> wrote: > >> 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. >> > you likely have to get and install PEAR separately. you can find their installation instructions at http://pear.php.net/manual/en/installation.php i used PEAR::DB when i first learned php. eventually i had a cron job hitting the database that kept getting killed for running too long, so i changed it to the native php functions instead of PEAR::DB and it stopped getting killed. so at least back before there was a php 5, PEAR was slower at accessing the database.