You are putting too much thought into this. Don't get reporting mixed up with computing. When your admin updates the games and designates who won the game, put a 1 in a column next to the winning team and a 0 next to the looser, if they tie, enter a 1 next to both teams. Then when you want to see a list of who got the most right that week, make a query that matches the choice the player made with the team they chose and count it if there is a 1 in this new column. Most of your work is going to be in writing queries that bring back the right totals. If you try to write a routine to add values to a 'total' column if a given team wins, it just might work. But what if you accidently runit twice or forget to run it. Your results will not be accurate. You also asked about locking people out after a given time. This is very easy, when they fill out a form to pick winners, that form has to be submitted to a PHP script for processing, this is where you check to see if the cut-off time has passed. If so, then you display a message telling them that they are too late and do not accept the entries.
Bottom line is leave the calculations to the report (web page) and the data to the database. Jim Hunter -------Original Message------- From: JeRRy Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2003 17:23:47 To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: [PHP-DB] some php and database questions! Hi, I am currently running a tipping competition where people tip the team they think will win the given game or pick the draw. Each correct entry gets +1 point, each incorrect entry gets 0 points. There is 8 games a round and people submit their entries via a PHP page that updates a mysql database. Now for the admin side of things, to make it easier for admins to update records accordingly without needing to manually add them up one by one. I want a system I can go into where I select the winners of each round. If a tipster has any matches it will credit their accounts +1 for each correct entry and 0 for each incorrect entry. There is 8 games a round (on a weekend) .. So how would I get the entries to update to the correct amount when I select the winners. I'd need the admin page to be something like this. Game1 : team 1 team 2 draw Game2 : team 3 team 4 draw and so on, Probably a drop down menu to select the winner or draw. So what query would I need or PHP code to update the database with +1 for correct matches and 0 for incorrect? Or would I be better to have 1 page per game? I need a safe and reliable way of doing it. Also I am going to have a tipster tally. They will be in order of total score. So order will change from week to week, how can I auto-sort a list using PHP to display on a page without it messing up the score with someone else. So I need the top score to go to the top but take the name also and not just the score, any ideas? For instance: Week 1 bob 7 judy 6 Amanda 5 ..... Week 2 Judy 10 Amanda 9 bob 8 From week 1 to 2 bob needs to drop down the bottom, Judy needs to move up one and Amanda is to also move up one. I need it to be automatic instead of me having to do it manually. Any ideas? (I think this was discussed about a month ago, if so I appologise for the repeat but the help is very appreciated.) Lastly the games in the week are different from others. There is normally a Friday night games, a few Saturday games and Saturday Night and a few Sunday games. I really don't want to lock people out if they don't submit a tip before the first game. But I do want to lock out any tips made for a game that has already started. For instance: It's 8:05 PM and there was a game to start at 7PM I want to lock out the tips for the first game but allow tips for the remaining games. How can I lock people out? Sure I could remove the option on the page but that does not stop people from loading the page just before the start of the game and sitting on it till the game has finished and than submitting their tips. I need another way, dynamic pages? Or something else? If the easiest option is to lock people right out after the first game has started I will, but I'd prefer to not do that. Feel free to use any database structure you like, any table names are ok. As long as you define what you mean so I can understand what you mean and I can try for myself. Thanks so much in advance, credit will be given. Jerry http://mobile.yahoo.com.au - Yahoo! Mobile - Check & compose your email via SMS on your Telstra or Vodafone mobile. -- PHP Database Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) To unsubscribe, visit: http://www.php.net/unsub.php .