Can I mix MySQL APIs in PHP?

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I have searched the net and so far what I have seen is that you can use mysql_ and mysqli_ together meaning:

<?php $con=mysqli_connect("localhost", "root" ,"" ,"mysql"); if( mysqli_connect_errno( $con ) ) { echo "failed to connect"; }else{ echo "connected"; } mysql_close($con); echo "Done"; ?> 

or

<?php $con=mysql_connect("localhost", "root" ,"" ,"mysql"); if( mysqli_connect_errno( $con ) ) { echo "failed to connect"; }else{ echo "connected"; } mysqli_close($con); echo "Done"; ?> 

Are valid but when I use this code what I get is:

Connected Warning: mysql_close() expects parameter 1 to be resource, object given in D:\************.php on line 9 Done 

For the first and the same except with mysqli_close(). For the second one.

What is the problem? Can't I use mysql_ and mysqli together? Or is it normal? Is the way I can check if the connections are valid at all? (the if(mysq...))

This Question Has 5 Answeres | Orginal Question | N3mo

Just to give a general answer here about all three MYSQL API's with a reference:

You can't mix any of the three (mysql_*, mysqli_*, PDO) MYSQL API's from PHP together, it just doesn't work. It's even in the manual FAQ:

It is not possible to mix the extensions. So, for example, passing a mysqli connection to PDO_MySQL or ext/mysql will not work.


You need to use the same MySQL API and its related functions, from connection to querying.

from my side i think you can but you will have to make to files for connecting with the
database because mysqli_* will only take mysqli_connect and so with mysql_*

you may wanna try on learning PDO Better

Technically you can use as many separate connections as you want, while your problem is caused by a mere typo - you only cannot use resources from one extension with functions from another, which is quite obviously.

However, you should avoid multiple connections from the same script, no matter from single API or different ones. As it will burden your database server and exhaust its resources. So, although technically you can, you shouldn't mix different extensions in your code, save for the short period of refactoring.

No, you can't use mysql and mysqli together. They are separate APIs and the resources they create are incompatible with one another.

There is a mysqli_close, though.

MySQLi is a lot more secure than MySQL which is anyway now deprecated. That's why you should stick with MySQLi and also you can't mix them as they are both different. If you do wish to convert to MySQLi you can find a converter from the MySQL site.


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