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Chapter 10. Databases > Understanding MySQL

Understanding MySQL

Although XML data islands (covered in the previous sections) can be powerful, they are limited by browser compatibility. The best way to avoid browser compatibility problems is to write code for a database standard that works on all browsers.

How can you write compliant code and still have a powerful data-driven Web site when visitors may have Internet Explorer for the Mac, Netscape for Windows, or any number of other browsers? The answer is to have the server do the dirty work for you using a database. The first thing you have to figure out is what technology is available on your server (you’ll probably need to ask your server administrator).


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