$orderid WILL NOT contain all the rows.  mysql_fetch_array() returns only one row each
time it is called.  Upon fetching last row, it returns NULL/FALSE/0.  Therefore, as you
fetch each row, you will then execute your second function to pull all the data for 
particular order number.  Finally, when executing mysql_query(), ALWAYS execute it in
conjuction with die(mysql_error()) in order to get error messages concerning failures.
Execute mysql_connect() and mysql_db_connect() only ONCE per script.

function get_live_orders()

$query = "select orderid from email where checked='no'";
$result = mysql_query($query) or die("Error: cannot select
while( $row = mysql_fetch_array($result))
    $query2 = "SELECT * FROM orders WHERE orderid=\"$orderid\"";
    $result2 = mysql_query()) or die("Error: cannot fetch

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Jackson" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Tuesday, November 05, 2002 8:50 AM
Subject: [PHP] Help me learn! with an explanation of these two functions.

Can someone run over these functions I have written to explain if my
logic is correct.
I'm still new to PHP and am trying to get my head round it!
This first function is to collect a list of order numbers from my
database where checked = no.
Am I correct in assuming that the variable $orderid will be an array of
results returned? How can I check this?

function get_live_orders()
$conn = db_connect();
$query = "select orderid from email where checked='no'";
$result = @mysql_query($query);
    $orderid = @mysql_fetch_array($result);
return $orderid;

This second function is to take these order numbers and compare them to
order numbers in a second table and return the result of that. So if
order number 100001 is in the first array from the above function and
there is a number 100001 in the second query result I want to take all
the data in that row and return it.

function get_order_details()
$orderid = get_live_orders();
$conn = db_connect();
$query = "select * from orders where orderid='$orderid'";
$result = @mysql_query($query);
if (!$result)
     return false;
   $result = mysql_result($result, 0, "orderid");
   return $result;

I haven't actually run this yet but I'd like someone to explain to me
what these functions will do so I am not just copy pasting code and
hoping to get it right eventually! Probably I have written this wrong
anyway and would like help before I actually attempt to do what I am
I'll look back on this tomorrow so any help will be greatly appreciated.
Kind regards,
Steve Jackson
Web Developer
Viola Systems Ltd.
Mobile +358 50 343 5159

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