- Install the plugin called externaldb, then make sure you enable it!
- In Plugin Manager, configure your external database details for the database(s) you need.
- DSN: Your name for the database to be used later on
- Hostname: Host where the MySQL server is
- Port Number: Defaults to 3306, but can change if needed
- Username / Password : Authentication details for the database
- Database Name: Name of the MySQL database to use
The following code is a solution to using external databases. There is no way of using this without modifying some code. That out of the way, here's how to use it in that code.
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ExternalDB simply creates a new jDatabase object with your given connection details - nothing clever but simple to maintain connection details. Here's a sample of code from one of our components...
// Create new ExternalDB instance, using the details that we set earlier.// 'resultsDb' is what we called the DSN$dbxo = new externaldatabase ( 'resultsDb' );// Create a new jDatabase object, connected with the details from the above selected DSN.// We call ExternalDB objects $dbx just as a standard practice$dbx = $dbxo->getDB ();$sql = "SELECT * FROM sport WHERE site = 2"; // Some simple SQL..// Now you use your ExternalDB object in exactly the same way as you would the regular DB object..$dbx->setQuery ( $sql );$dbx->query ();$res = $dbx->loadAssocList ();