Prepared Statements Vs Stored Procedures Vs Stored Functions in PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide (5th Edition) Posted April 24, 2018 Larry, I have a follow up question. As one forum comment puts it "To be worth the overhead, each prepared statement must be executed more than once (such as in a loop). If a query is executed only once, more overhead goes into preparation of the prepared statement... I would use a prepared statement, but only if I had to repeatedly make the same query multiple times in the same session." Is this true? Should I just use regular db calls (inline SQL) unless the statement will be called multiple times (in a loop)? Thanks so much!