> -----Original Message-----
> From: Christopher Ostmo [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2001 2:43 PM
> Subject: Re: [PHP] sql query successful
> Your statement above is checking to see if the fact that $sql 
> is equal to mysql_query("SELECT * FROM table ORDER BY rand()")
> is TRUE, but you're using an assignment operator (=) and not a
> comparison operator (==), so it should always return FALSE. (Can
> you use an assignment operator in an if() statement?)

Actually, you can.  (See

An assignment operation will return the value that was assigned.

Thus, if we have

        if ($sql = mysql_query($query_string))

and the mysql_query call returns a non-false value, the entire
expression will evaluate to true.

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