PDO is the acronym of PHP Data Objects. As the name implies, this extension gives you the ability to interact with your database through objects.PDO is a PHP extension to formalise PHP's database connections by creating a uniform interface. This allows developers to create code which is portable across many databases and platforms. PDO is not just another abstraction layer like PearDB although PearDB may use PDO as a backend.Every interaction with a database begins with a connection. Regardless of the database you use, you must connect first and establish a database handler. After connecting you your database of choice, much of the PDO methods are similar. This is why PDO is such a powerful and useful tool for PHP.PDO has a much nicer interface, you will end up being more productive, and write safer and cleaner code. PDO also has different drivers for different SQL database vendors which will allow you to easily use other vendors without having to relearn a different interface. (though you will have to learn slightly different SQL probably). Instead of concatenating escaped strings into SQL, in PDO you bind parameters which is an easier and cleaner way of securing queries. Binding parameters also allow for a performance increase when calling the same SQL query many times with slightly different parameters. PDO also has multiple methods of error handling. The biggest issue I have seen with mysql_* code is that it lacks consistent handling, or no handling at all! With PDO in exception mode, you can get consistent error handling which will end up saving you loads of time tracking down issues.