OK, I'm kind of all over the map here. Please be patient as I try to lay this down in a way that makes sense.
We have a 'database' that we access using a com object (I believe it is compiled as a com server). I've got Xampp installed on Windows Server 2003. I can use PHP to instantiate the com object and make function calls to it. So far so good.
Trying to make a second call to the com object (on a second page request) causes a com exception. The point is, that I can only use the com object once.
I've read (or at least I *think* I've read) that Apache can launch PHP in one of two ways:
1) Keeps it in memory. This PHP footprint is shared between page calls.
2) Launches a new instance of the PHP engine for every page request handled by the server.
Is this right? If so, how can I tell how Xampp currently loads PHP? How can I change the way Xampp loads PHP?
Any and all information that anyone wants to pontificate on related to any of this is very appreciated!