Ahh..thanks Jordan.. sorry I missed that one and thanks for the info.  I 
assumed serialize was just magic and worked properly. hah.   Now I know.

I always thought it was sloppy to use anyway, but in a pinch, it's nice to know 
there's an option like that.   Imploding does sound better though.


= = = Original message = = =

Yes, this has been mentioned in this thread. But with serialize/ 
unserialize, you can run into other problems that may be more  
confusing/difficult to troubleshoot. e.g.:


> >As you can see, the original array :
> >$arr["20041001103319"] = "test"
> >
> >after serialize/unserialize is:
> >$arr[683700183] = "test"
> yepp, and i can explain it.
> the internal compiler of php does not hit anys rule wich foces him  
> to make that number a string during serialisation. since it becomes  
> an integer and php supports 32bit interger not arbitary bitwidth  
> this is what happens:
> "20041001103319"
> equals hexadecimal:
> 0x123A28C06FD7h
> if you cut away the frontpart cutting down to 32bis,
> you get:
> 0x28C06FD7h
> wich equals 683700183.

For simple arrays, I prefer storing everything as a simple imploded  
string. YMMV.


On Sep 1, 2005, at 10:18 AM, <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> <tg- 

> Sorry, didn't catch this thread from the beginning, but did anyone  
> recommend trying the serialize() and unserialize() commands?   
> They'll convert the array to a block of text that can be stored,  
> retrieved and unserialized.
> My gut instinct is that if you're trying to store any array in a  
> database, you may not have thought through your design very well.    
> BUT.. I also know that there are cases where you might want to  
> (I've actually done it before... being lazy in that case..hah) so  
> dont take that as criticism, just wondering if there's a "more  
> right" way to do it.
> If that's what you need to do though, definitely check out  
> serialize (unless someone knows something I don't).
> Serialize() should do essentially what's being proposed below, just  
> without having to figure out what string may not be in your array.
> good luck!
> -TG
> = = = Original message = = =
> if you just have a simple array with automatic numeric keys and text
> you could just implode the data to a string with a separator not
> found in your data:
> $dataArray = array("hello", "goodbye", "etc.");
> $storable = implode("||||", $dataArray);
> // $storable becomes "hello||||goodbye||||etc."
> //then, use explode to get the original array back again
> $dataArray = explode("||||", $storable);
> you could use a similar technique if you want to put the keys in as
> well, albeit slightly more complicated (e.g. use "||||" to separate
> each element in the array and "||" to separate each key from its
> value). Just find a divider you know your data will not contain, such
> as a pipe: "|".
> This has worked well for me.
> Jordan
> On Sep 1, 2005, at 8:55 AM, Miguel Guirao wrote:
>> I want to store an array into a field on a MySQL table, Is it
>> posible to
>> save it? Maybe into a string field?

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