query returns no results

Posted on 2006-03-29
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Last Modified: 2013-12-12
Hi i and trying to create an update function for my web site i have two scripts one to take the users input and a second to search for the valu and output the record in a text field for editing before a third script is used to updte the data, i am having trouble with the first 2 as the scripts run but there is nothing outputted in the textarea i have listed the code below, can anyone help?


 $searchterm = strip_tags(trim($_POST['searchterm']));

 $label_array = array (
                   "searchterm" => "Please enter your search term");

foreach ($_POST as $field => $value);


   echo "<p><hr>
      <form action='staff_update_results.php' method='POST'>
      <table width='95%' border='0' cellspacing='0' cellpadding='2'>

      <tr><td align='right'><B>{$label_array['searchterm']}:</br></td>
        <td><input type='text' name='results' size='65' maxlength='65'> </td>
      <p><input type='submit' value='Run search'>



    $connection = mysql_connect($host,$user,$password)
       or die ("couldn't connect to server");
    $db = mysql_select_db($database,$connection)
       or die ("Couldn't select database");

$query = "SELECT * FROM staff WHERE lastname = '$_POST[searchterm]'";
$result = mysql_query($query)  or die(mysql_error());

$row = mysql_fetch_array($result,MYSQL_ASSOC);

$result = mysql_query($query) or die(mysql_error());

$row = mysql_fetch_array($result,MYSQL_ASSOC);

$label_array = array (
                  "searchresults" => "The search retured the results");

foreach ($_POST as $field => $value);

echo "<p><hr>
      <form action='staff_update.php' method='POST'>
      <table width='80%' border='0' cellspacing='0' cellpadding='2'>

      <tr><td align='right'><B>{$label_array['searchresult']}:</br></td>
        <td><textarea name='searchresults' cols='40' rows='6'>

 </textarea> </td>

      <p><input type='submit' value='Go Back'>";

Question by:Karl01
LVL 33

Accepted Solution

snoyes_jw earned 1500 total points
ID: 16326479
foreach ($_POST as $field => $value); <-- there's a semicolon that shouldn't be.

There's also nothing within the textarea tags.  You'll need to put something to do with $row in there.

echo "...<textarea>";
echo "</textarea>...";

Author Comment

ID: 16326742
Thanks for the reply but tried that and messed about with a few thing still giving me a blank textarea! any other ideas?

LVL 33

Expert Comment

ID: 16326874
checked to make sure there are results returned?
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Author Comment

ID: 16327374
how do u mean? I have checked the query in the mysql prompt and the value I entered is in the table and does return a result!

Expert Comment

ID: 16329796
Are you wanting to simply check whether any results have been returned, or are you trying to actually print the results?

Expert Comment

ID: 16330979
Well,the problem is with the text area itself
u have put nothing between the opening and closing tags for Txt Area
<text area><?Put some value over here(output of the query?></Text Area>

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