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  1. #1
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    I have a drop down form with a few selections.
    The Mysql query I am writing to bring up results is currently as follows:
    $query=mysql_query("SELECT * FROM events WHERE category='$kat' AND startdate= '..............' AND state='$state' ORDER BY id DESC LIMIT 4");
    My questions are:
    1-When the user selects a category and state in the drop down menu, I can bring up those results. But if the user selects "Any" for the category (and for state), how do I bring up the results belonging to any category and/or any state?
    2-Startdate column in the database contains the dates as yyyy-mm-dd...In the query above, how can I make it equal (how is the syntax) to a certain date based on $day $month $year variables set up earlier during the execution of php code?
    3-General question about the type of queries above: Just trying to understand the efficiency...How does it search for all the criteria? With all those "AND" statemens above, does it look at the first criteria and then eliminates everything else and then look for the second criteria in the reamining results and then the third and so on?


  3. #2
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    1: It sounds like what you need to do is check if they selected the "Any" option for Category. If so, change your query to something like
    PHP Code:
    $query mysql_query("SELECT (columns) FROM (table) WHERE startdate = 'dd/mm/yyyy'"); 
    That does not put any restrictions on what the values of category or state are so all will be returned.

    2: What is the column type of start date? If it is VARCHAR then you its simply
    PHP Code:
    $query mysql_query("SELECT (columns) FROM (table) WHERE startdate = \"$year-$month-$day\""); 

    3: Wow, thats a toughie. There is probably a database expert out there but I would like to think the whole query is analysed first and then the mysql engine knows that all conditions are equally important (because you use the AND keyword). So when it encounters the first conditional statement (AND startdate = '.....') a "temporary" table is created (not in the physical sense) and then the query runs the second conditional statement and this goes on until all conditional statements have been executed and you are left with a table ($result normally in PHP )which matches all your conditional statements.

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