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I remember fondly back in the day, when PHP 4.0 was all the rage, that if you wanted to interface with MySQL there was one choice: the PHP mysql extension. Then came database abstraction layers ( such as ADODB and PEAR_DB ) and newer extensions ( namely PDO and mysqli ), all with the goal of simplifying the code needing written to be able to get data successfully out of a database. But even then, it still could get a bit complex. Fortunately, someone saw this and wrote a library to make it even simpler.
Dirty data: nobody likes it. It’s one of the biggest problems any web developer faces, where the input given by a user must validated before it can be accepted. Without this necessary step someone could wreck all sorts of havoc on your application, whether it’s just causes errors to appear or worst case opens security holes to allow malicious activity.