While trying to create a session-based advertising model that does not rely on the existence of cookies, I ran into trouble: I can't figure out how to place the entire $_SESSION array into a MySQL table row, then retrieve it and use the information from one page to the next.
The best that I can do is copy the PHPSESSID into a MySQL row, then dissect the $_SESSION array so that each of its parts can be stored in a separate row of the same record. Then, with the $_GET variable, I am able to get the MySQL_last_id and retreive the information from the correct field, and it works across pages.
The only problem is this: should the $_SESSION array grow with more data--say, adding a first name variable, and a time-of-day varaible--then I need to update the MySQL table whenever I do this. Not a big deal, I know, but I'm frustrated with this.
One more thing: one of the variables in the $_SESSION array is an <img src> url, so it screws up the mysql insert, even when I use serialize.
Thanks for any help you can give.
.oO "Advertising? ack! - Should I help him or not? :P"
serialize() and base64encode() are your friend.
You can even create a class to store this information, if you wanted - so long as you have the class include()'d before you unserialize the object. In all likelihood, however, you'll prefer just the straight $_SESSION.
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