Simplifying database interactions with Doctrine DBAL

I previously wrote about switching from the mysql extension to PDO. PDO introduces a number of convenient features beyond the mysql extension such as transactions, prepared statements, and more fetching options. However there are still a few things that are a bit painful. This article will introduce Doctrine DBAL to help alleviate some of these pain points. Doctrine DBAL is a wrapper around PDO. It adds a few conveniences beyond straight PDO as well as a query builder. There are a number of…
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