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What is php's behavior when connect to a db?

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What is php's behavior when connect to a db?

I've been told that php was once a dominant web programing language.
I've read a few chapters of a php book.

I was wonder what's php's performance.

Perl was once for a while a popular programming language for cgi.
But start very process per one web visit cause serioius problem to
system performance.

And then FASTCGI born.
I was impressed by its performance.

But recently i learn to do some php program which connect a mysql db.
It seems that the program run's very slow.

So, I have 2 questions:
1. does the os need to fork a php interpreter for every single web
request?
2. does the php connects to mysql all the time? that is does it need to
connect mysql
100 times when a user request the url 100 times?

If the answer if yes, i think that php's performance is unacceptable.
thanks.

Nov 9 '05 #1
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ze********@gmail.com wrote:

Hi zeszel,
What is php's behavior when connect to a db?
depends on the database and the programmer.


I've been told that php was once a dominant web programing language.
once was?
It still IS.
:-)

I've read a few chapters of a php book.
good.

I was wonder what's php's performance.

Perl was once for a while a popular programming language for cgi.
Yes, I did a lot of Perl too, but I am really happy I can do almost anything
in PHP nowadays.
At least I am able to read my own code.
;-)

But start very process per one web visit cause serioius problem to
system performance.

And then FASTCGI born.
I was impressed by its performance.
Yes, that helped a lot.
I made Perl resident in memory, right?
And some precompiling-tricks too.

But recently i learn to do some php program which connect a mysql db.
It seems that the program run's very slow.
Not good.
I expect PHP has little to do with that tough...

So, I have 2 questions:
1. does the os need to fork a php interpreter for every single web
request?
How did you install PHP?
On which OS?
Did you install ISAPI under Windows?
etc.

Your question is a little hard to answer. :-)

In general: PHP is NOT slow, and can easily handle massive requests if the
underlying server is post-stoneage.
(Just my personal experience, based on PHP4/5 on RH8/FreeBSD/Windows2000
combined with IIS4/5/6 and Apache.)

2. does the php connects to mysql all the time? that is does it need to
connect mysql
100 times when a user request the url 100 times?

If the answer if yes, i think that php's performance is unacceptable.

Well, why don't you read up bit at php.net?

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mysql_connect

(PHP 3, PHP 4, PHP 5)
mysql_connect -- Open a connection to a MySQL Server
Description
resource mysql_connect ( [string server [, string username [, string
password [, bool new_link [, int client_flags]]]]] )

Opens or reuses a connection to a MySQL server.

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In general: Do not worry about PHP's performance.
Worry about the databasequeries.

Most of the time people write bad repetive queries, and blame PHP.
I am not saying you do that, but I just see it a lot.
;-)
So if your site is very slow, try this:
- where does the script take up its time?
- isolate the part where the database is queried, and measure the time it
needs to complete your query.

You can use a crude microtime to measure roughly. It is enough to pinpoint
to the problemerea without complex debugging/profiling tools.

Works for me untill now in all cases.
Good luck.

Regrads,
Erwin Moller

thanks.


Nov 9 '05 #2

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