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SQL Server FAQs - PHP ODBC Functions - Connection and Query Execution

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A collection of 14 FAQs on using PHP ODBC functions to connect to SQL Server databases. Clear explanations and tutorial exercises are provided on testing ODBC DSN settings; creating connection to a SQL Server through a DSN; executing SQL statements; looping through result set; Executing prepared statements. Topics included in this collections:

  1. What Are the Requirements to Use ODBC Connections in PHP Scripts?
  2. What Are Commonly Used ODBC Functions in PHP?
  3. How To Test ODBC DSN Connection Settings?
  4. How To Connect to a SQL Server using odbc_connect()?
  5. How To List All DSN Entries on Your Local Machine using odbc_data_source()?
  6. How To Execute a SQL Statement using odbc_exec()?
  7. How To Retrieve Error Messages using odbc_errormsg()?
  8. How To Turn Off Warning Messages during PHP Execution?
  9. How To Receive Returning Result from a Query?
  10. How To Loop through Result Set Objects using odbc_fetch_row()?
  11. How To Retrieve Field Values using odbc_result()?
  12. How To List All Tables in the Database using odbc_tables()?
  13. How To List All Columns in a Table using odbc_columns()?
  14. How To Create Prepared Statements using odbc_prepare()?

Please note that all answers and tutorials are based on SQL Server 2005 Express Edition and PHP 5 on Windows XP. To follow tutorial exercises in this collection, you need to use test tables created from previous tutorial collections.

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