PHP (and yes it’s for Python too..!) Adodb library has been one of the popular database abstract library since sometime now. We have been using it since sometime for simple operations when we are not using standard framework and probably just serving the plain web-services.
Here is a quick start guide to get started with Adodb5 library when using with PHP to get started with most basic functions for database interactions. For more details one can always browser around and read through detail documentation available at http://phplens.com/lens/adodb/docs-adodb.htm. This is just a quick start guide for all those who just want it little faster to get along with.