How do I INSERT INTO multiple tables using array?
I am still a beginner at PHP and MySQL and have no clue how to do this. Your help is greatly appreciated! At least I had enough sense to know that I can achieve my goal by using an array, but the examples I have seen are too unrelated and difficult "for me" to transfer to what I am doing. I have learned everything I know from these forums and PHP & MySQL for Dummies!
For this learning experience, let's just say that I have an HTML form that contains 6 checkboxes on an HTML page called insert_array.html. The checkboxes are arranged in sets of 2 (e.g. 2 of the checkboxes have checkbox name="test1", 2 of the checkboxes have checkbox name="test2", and 2 of the checkboxes have checkbox name="test3"). Notice that I am using brackets "" to put the values in an array. I want to insert the 2 values for each set of checkboxes into three separate fields (e.g. field1, field2, field3) in 3 separate tables (e.g. tblTest1, tblTest2, tblTest3).
test1 "Red Widget" and test1 "Green Widget" should be inserted into tblTest1
test2 "Blue Widget" and test2 "Orange Widget" should be inserted into tblTest2
test3 "Purple Widget" and test3 "Yellow Widget" should be inserted into tblTest3
I want to POST the values of the checkboxes to a PHP page called insert_data.php. My first problem is that I do not know how to insert the values collected from the form into 3 separate tables. My second problem is that I do not know how to properly format the syntax to make the array work the way it is supposed to. Can somebody help me out on this one?
/* Here's the HTML form code for insert_array.html */
<form action="insert_data.php" method="POST">
<input type="checkbox" name="test1" value="Red Widget"><BR>
<input type="checkbox" name="test1" value="Green Widget"><BR>
<input type="checkbox" name="test2" value="Blue Widget"><BR>
<input type="checkbox" name="test2" value="Orange Widget"><BR>
<input type="checkbox" name="test3" value="Purple Widget"><BR>
<input type="checkbox" name="test3" value="Yellow Widget"><BR>
<input type="submit" name="submit" value="Insert Data">
/* Now here's the PHP code I have so far for insert_data.php */
/* NOTE: I do not have the code for the query(ies) needed to insert the data into all three tables because I do not know how to do it. Also, I do not know how to do an implode. I have read about this, but I am completely lost! I want to be able to read the checkbox values in the database and I have seen where using serialize (saw example using only one table) doesn't make this possible. I have tried using unserialize, but couldn't figure it out with the examples given. */
$connection = mysql_connect($host,$user,$password)
or die ("Couldn't connect to server");
$db = mysql_select_db($database,$connection)
or die ("Couldn't select database");
$test1 = stripslashes($_POST['test1']);
$query = INSERT INTO tblTest1 (field1) VALUES ('$test1');
$result = mysql_query($query) or die ("Could Not Insert Record Into Database.");
/* In the header, I have used a bogus URL. However, I would like to see the results of what I submitted on a separate Web page (e.g. some_page.php) */
The results should display something like this:
<H1>Here is what you submitted to the database...</H1>
Thanks guys and gals!!!