Chris Carter wrote:
My MySQL version is 5.0. I am trying to run this small query but getting this
SQL error

"Error! Could not insert valuesYou have an error in your SQL syntax; check
the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right
syntax to use near ''userdata' ('fName', 'lName', 'email', 'confEmail',
'password', 'confirmPassword' at line 1"

The syntax that I am working on is:

$sql = "insert into 'userdata' ('fName', 'lName', 'email', 'confEmail',
'password', 'confirmPassword', 'address', 'city', 'state', 'postCode',
'gender', 'profession', 'ageGroup', 'mallPref', 'mailConsent') VALUES
($fName, $lName, $email, $confEmail, $password, $confirmPassword, $address,
$city, $state, $postCode, $gender, $profession, $ageGroup, $mallPref,

dont understand where is it wrong. Does capitalization of INSERT also
matters. I am new to this. Please advice.

It's not the capitals, it's the single quotes.

You don't need single quotes around the table or field names, you need them around the data:

$sql = "insert into userdata(fname, lname, email, confemail .....) values ('" . mysql_real_escape_string($fName) . "', '" . mysql_real_escape_string($lName) . "' .....


Using mysql_real_escape_string will prevent sql injection attacks or problems where a name has a quote in it itself (eg O'Reilly).

Mysql supports backticks around the names:

insert into `userdata` (`fname` .....

(other db's don't like this though).

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