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  1. #1
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    Apr 2009

    Is there a simple way to insert and update the DB?

    I have been doing it this way for a long time:

    PHP Code:
    $query mysql_query("UPDATE table SET name='$name', city='$city', phone='$phone' WHERE id='$id'"); 
    Or when retrieving data from the DB, I've been doing this:

    PHP Code:
    $query mysql_query("SELECT * FROM table WHERE id='$id'");
    $info mysql_fetch_array($query);
    $name $info['name']; 
    I'm figuring (hoping) there's a way to streamline this process in a way. It just gets redundant after a while for some applications that have lots of database interaction. But maybe this is just the way it is.

  2. #2
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    Aug 2004
    Any thing you find yourself doing over and over is a good candidate for being generalized in a function or class. For example, in this case you might create a dbInsert() function and a dbQuery() function, each of which would accept arguments for table name, field names to be inserted or selected, values to be inserted or columns/values to be tested in a select WHERE clause, and so forth. You might have to spend a bit of time up front to make those functions robust enough, but once done, they could be re-used over and over.

    Many frameworks come with some sort of DB abstraction layer with similar capabilities; or you could build your own classes (models in a MVC framework?) to handle common tasks you expect to perform in your DB, and so forth. Exactly what approach I would take would be situation-dependent on the size and scope of the app, what framework you're using (if any) and so forth.

    In a couple apps I've written in the past, I created an abstract DB table class, then extended it for each specific table -- the main difference being class variables that provide the column names, which is the primary key column, and so forth. You would then still need to write separate functions/queries for special cases, such as complex queries with multiple tables/joins, but the basic stuff can still be generalized.
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