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Default 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).

For example,

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.");

header("Location: http://www.some-web-site.com/some_page.php");


/* 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>

<p align='left'>
    <LI>Red Widget
    <LI>Green Widget
    <LI>Blue Widget
    <LI>Orange Widget
    <LI>Purple Widget
    <LI>Yellow Widget

Thanks guys and gals!!!

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