I received some code that has a section in which the variable $DB is established.

$DB =& new DB($db_username, $db_password, $db_dsn, false);

It does this by calling a function named DB, which is shown here below.

    * Constructor
    * will set $DB->error and return false if login fails
    * @param string $user
    * @param string $password
    * @param string $db_name
    * @param bool $persistent Should this be a persistent db connection ?
    * @param integer $int_mode
    * @return bool
    function DB ( $user, $password, $db_name, $persistent=TRUE, $int_mode=OCI_COMMIT_ON_SUCCESS )
        $this->_valid_connection = false;
        $this->query_count = 0;
        $this->debug = false;
        $this->statement_handle = '';
        $this->int_mode = $int_mode;

        if ( $persistent )
            $this->db_handle = OCIPlogon($user,$password,$db_name, 'AMERICAN_AMERICA.AL32UTF8');
        } else {
            $this->db_handle = OCIlogon($user,$password,$db_name, 'AMERICAN_AMERICA.AL32UTF8');

        if ( !$this->db_handle )
            Message::addAlert('Error: Unable to connect to Database');
            return false;
        return true;

    * Destructor
    * this will only get called if you call it ( limitation of the current version of PHP )
    * but don't worry... PHP cleans up after us anyway.
    * @return void
    function _DB ()

But I'm having trouble understanding exactly what it does and when run all I get is a blank page. Can somebody please explain why the DB function is not working correctly?


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This class is a DB connector class.. you still have to provide the query for it to work..

I just want to let you know that OCIPlogon alias has been deprecated. Use oci_pconnect instead.

Here is an example of an oracle connector with persistent connection and with query included .

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