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calculating from a dynamic form

calculating forms math arrays

2:47 pm on Mar 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hello all im new to the forum and kind of new to php im trying to do this but cant figure out how

i have a page with a dynamic form wich extracts info from a table


on the form i have a repeat all which will display the title, price and id of each item, and a text box which i added id= <?php $id; ?> and also the internal name this text box will ask the user for an amount what i need to do is that this amount be multiply by the price and then do a sum of all of it, i have manage to show the amount in a $_POST[$id] but i have no idea how to do the multiplication and then the sum, i donīt need to save the data from the post in a database just show the person that is using this what he has to pay if he adds X amounts of products, i was thinking on using arrays but im still to new to php trying to learn any helps is appreciated


4:55 pm on Mar 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi sades and welcome to the forum

Maths is fairly simple in php, for example

$answer = ( $a x $b );# multiply
$answer = ( $a - $b );# subtract
$answer = ( $a + $b );# add
$answer = ( $a / $b );# divide


5:46 pm on Mar 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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You need to save your item id, and your item amount(which the user enters) in an array. Then loop through the array, find the price for each item (using a query with the item id stored), and then multiply that with the amount - also stored in the array.
5:53 pm on Mar 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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thanks for the replays on the math part i have no problems what i dunno how to do is save the variable in the post (amount) in an arrays and then do the amount*price thing for each element of the array any tips?
6:12 pm on Mar 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Btw, multiplication uses the asterisk "*" not the lower case "x" ;)
6:35 pm on Mar 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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<your form will probably look something like this>

<form action="index.php" method="POST">
Item1<input type="text" name="item1"><br>
Item2<input type="text" name="item2"><br>
Item3<input type="text" name="item3"><br>
<input type="submit" value="submit">

<inside your action script>

$total = 0;
foreach(array_keys($_POST) as $key){

//assigns variables
$itemId = str_replace("item", "", $key); //takes off the "item" to reveal the item id
$amount = $_POST[$key];

//checks for invalid data - i.e not integer inputs

//query for price of item
$result = mysql_query("SELECT price FROM myItemsTable where id = ".$itemId);
$row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result);
$price = $row['price'];

//total price for this item
$subTotal = $price*$amount;

//grant total


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