I want to bind variables instead of just building SQL strings.
Anyway to do this in Php?
Either MySQL or PostgreSQL answers would help.
There's e.g. PDO.
An introduction to pdo and prepared statements (including bound parameters) is located at http://docs.php.net/pdo.prepared-statements
You should read on the MySQL Improved Extension (MySQLi) at http://php.net/manual/en/book.mysqli.php , and on prepared statements