Some people ask “How do I use PHP and MySQL to create a mobile app?”.
You might be asking this because you are a programmer who wants to streamline their apps as much as possible and put some of the workload on your server. Maybe you are new to programming and want to use your newly honed PHP/MySQL skills. Or may you are a business manager who doesn’t want your programmers to waste a bunch of time learning new languages.
In order to utilize PHP and MySQL for your mobile app, you need to “integrate” the two. Your mobile app becomes your front-end, essentially a fancy web browser. Your PHP and MySQL remain on the server back-end – same as normal.
You make calls from the app to your website, and your website returns information useful to your app.
If you think about it, this is the exact same way a web browser works.
In fact, if you think about it, the idea of an app is stupid. Most developers need to integrate their app to a web back-end, and the ones who don’t probably should. The idea of the internet is that everything is web-based, and since the introduction of apps this ideal has become totally jacked up. Mobile apps, iPhone apss, Android apps: they have brought us back to 1997.
You still need some level of app programming specific to the platform you are publishing on. However, the more you can put on your back-end, the less you have to do with your client-side application.