Ashley Sheridan wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-06-15 at 17:38 -0400, PJ wrote:
>> Jay Blanchard wrote:
>>> [snip]
>>> In what way would this simplify or ease my pain?
>>> The difficulty, it seems to me, is not in retrieving the rows, but
>>> rather how to pass the row data to the variables. And since the number
>>> of rows is variable, I believe that the only way to assign the variables
>>> is by use of a loop? I think I'm beating my head against the wall for
>>> nothing... :-(
>>> [/snip]
>>> You asked for easier. In this way the data is assigned to a usable
>>> variable right out of the gate and that is an array variable. You can
>>> actually use it with either mysql_fetch_array or mysql_fetch_row. 
>>> Here is your query;
>>> $sql = "SELECT first_name, last_name, book_author.ordinal
>>>       FROM author, book_author
>>>       WHERE book_author.bookID = $idIN && book_author.authID =
>>> ORDER BY ordinal";
>>> You need not declare another array, but do it this way instead;
>>>    if ($results = mysql_query($sql, $db)) {
>>>         while ( $row = mysql_fetch_array($results, MYSQL_ASSOC) ) {
>>>             echo $row['first_name'];
>>>             echo $row['last_name'];
>> Then I have to add some loopy thing to assign the values to the
>> $variables... a real pita since my variable do not lend themselves too
>> well to linear alterations ($varIn, $var2IN, $var3IN... etc... so $i=0
>> and $i++ arren't going to be too cooperative here... I guess I'd have to
>> change that to $var1IN... and then figure out how to do $var.$i.IN ... I
>> already tried, but don't seem to have it right
>>> ....etcetera.....
>>>         }
>>>     }
>>> The lazy part I will agree with :)
>> Well, I shouldn't say it, but laziness is a characteristic of
>> "intelligence": why do more than you have to when you can be doing
>> something else. Actually, I am anything but lazy, I spend innumerable
>> hours trying to understand what all this coding is about... searching
>> the web and rummaging (and I do mean "rummaging") in all the lists and
>> posts ... but just going through 20 or 30 listings out of more than
>> 20,000 is already taxing... much easier to ask on the list... if someone
>> can understand my fuzzy questions, they may find the grace and
>> generosity to take pity on the ignoramus... ;-)
>> And I enjoy the ribbing and the humour ... it's a really very nice list!
>> -- 
>> Hervé Kempf: "Pour sauver la planète, sortez du capitalisme."
>> -------------------------------------------------------------
>> Phil Jourdan ---
> Why do you need them in separate variables? Can't you use them using
> array syntax elsewhere in your code?
Basically, I don't know how else to handle inserting and updating random
number of authors. Each book in the db may have up to 5 authors. I
imagine there is a simpler way to do it; I just don't have the knowledge
or experience or the time to learn another way. I'd be happy to have you
look at the code and hear some feedback. It's probably a miracle that
the site is working... ;-)
Oh, it's - my daughter's egyptology site; I just
migrated from pure (almost) html to php/mysql/css and am just doing the
finishing touches now - the edit page.

Hervé Kempf: "Pour sauver la planète, sortez du capitalisme."
Phil Jourdan ---

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