On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 9:22 PM, Matty Sarro <msa...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey all!
> This is probably my second post on the list, so please be gentle. Right now
> I am running through the "Heads First PHP and MySQL" book from O'Reilly.
> It's been quite enjoyable so far, but I have some questions about some of
> the code they're using in one of the chapters.
> Basically the code is retreiving rows from a DB, and I'm just not getting
> the explanation of how it works.
> Here's the code:
> $result=mysqli_query($dbc,$query)
> while($row=mysqli_fetch_array($result)){
> echo $row['first_name'].' '.$row['last_name'].' : '. $row['email'] . '<br
> />';
> }
> Now, I know what it does, but I don't understand how the conditional
> statement in the while loop works. Isn't an assignment operation always
> going to result in a "true" condition? Even if mysqli_fetch_array($result)
> returned empty values (or null) wouldn't the actual assignment to $row still
> be considered a true statement? I would have sworn that assignment
> operations ALWAYS equated to true if used in conditional operations.
> Please help explain! :)
> Thanks so much!
> -Matty


"Returns an array of strings that corresponds to the fetched row, or
FALSE  if there are no more rows."

while($row=mysqli_fetch_array($result)) is equivalent to this:

while ($row){

// do something


So, if $row is not equal to FALSE, the loop will happens.

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