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SQl query search form

form doesn't work

1:02 pm on Nov 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hello ,

i am trying to create a search php page. i had make a search page like this But when i search Nothing will happen on the page only search box will be empty.

please correct it.

if (!$conn = mysql_connect('localhost', 'gks', '123456'))
die("Error: Cannot Establish Connection to Database");

if (!mysql_select_db('search'))
die("Error: Database doesn't exist");


<form method="get" action="<?php echo $_SERVER['PHP_SELF']; ?>">

<label>Enter First Name : <input type="text" name="firstname" /></label>
<input type="submit" value="Search" />
<br /><br />


if (isset($_get['name']) && $_get['name'] != NULL)

$result = mysql_query("SELECT * from user WHERE name LIKE " . $_get['firstname']);
if ($result)
echo "<table><tr><th>ID</th><th>First Name</th><th>Id</th></tr>";

while ($row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result)) {
echo "<tr>";
echo "<td>" . $row['id'] . "</td>";
echo "<td>" . $row['firstname'] . "</td>";
echo "</tr>";


echo "</table>";
echo "Error: Something wrong with query";


4:32 am on Nov 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Looks like you're coming along gajendrasaini_06, sorry I missed this . . . here is most likely your problem:

$result = mysql_query("SELECT * from user WHERE name LIKE " . $_get['firstname']);

Queries on numeric fields do not need to be quoted, text fields do. try

$query = "SELECT * from user WHERE name LIKE '" . $_get['firstname'] . "'";

$result = mysql_query($query);

Next, the like operator is usually used in conjunction with "wild cards", %, which mean " anything before"

.... LIKE '%" . $_get['firstname'] . "'";

or anything after

LIKE '" . $_get['firstname'] . "%'";

so your query would be fine with just = instead of like.

Last, you should always error check your queries:

$result = mysql_query($query) or die("cannot execute query");

This would have potentially revealed your problem.

To get at the specific mysql error,

$result = mysql_query($query) or die("cannot execute query " . mysql_error());

But be sure to remove the mysql_error from any public scripts, it will reveal info about your database.


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