Ashley Sheridan wrote:
> On Sun, 2009-03-08 at 10:25 -0500, PJ wrote:
>> My mysql table contains data. But I don't know how to verify what
>> exactly is the data... is it an array, an integer, an alphanumeric
>> character or what?
>> vardump($whatever) returns null; the structure of the table is no null
>> for the column fields and has been filled like this:
>> $autoid = 1;
>> $test = $_POST['categoriesIN']; // this can be several selections from form
>> $tstring = implode(',' , $test);
>> echo $tstring.'<br />';
>> $insert_category = "INSERT INTO book_categories (book_id, categories_id)
>> VALUES ($autoid, $tstring.)";
>> mysql_query($insert_category,$db);
>> retrieval of data is:
>> from SELECT ...snip...
>> LEFT JOIN book_publisher as abc ON = abc.bookID
>> LEFT JOIN publishers AS c ON abc.publishers_id =
>> LEFT JOIN book_categories AS d ON = d.book_id
>> LEFT JOIN categories AS e ON d.categories_id =
>> I have included the publisher stuff - it works, whereas the category
>> stuff does not...
>> -- 
>> unheralded genius: "A clean desk is the sign of a dull mind. "
>> -------------------------------------------------------------
>> Phil Jourdan ---
> Surely if it is your table, you already know what types of data each
> field contains?
> Ash
I did and do.. I just was not getting the output I was I
panicked and looked for ways to verify all... bit, by bit I went over
all my little lessons of the past weeks and ...  of course, taking my
sweet time and lack of knowledge it took me a while to figure out that
the problem was a missing SELECT table.column from the query. When I
found the error, everything fell into place.
But there remains the problem of how to select and display several
categories from the query. If there isi only one category, there is no
problem; with more than one I can't figure out how to retrieve it
without the output showing as many entries for the same book as there
are categories. Everything is output (echoed) correctly but the books
are echoed in their entirety along with the category... what could I
post to analyse the prolem.  I'm sure it's something simple, like
imploding the array so it isn't repeated... ??

unheralded genius: "A clean desk is the sign of a dull mind. "
Phil Jourdan ---

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