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POST multi-array problem: How can I create a $_POST multi-array variable in a for loop?

Posted on 2008-06-13
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I'm having some difficulties to create the following in a for loop. For example, the following:

if ( $c == 1 ) {
    $classEndDate =  $_POST['classDates_1']['classEndDate_1']['d'];
} elseif ( $c == 2 ) {
     $classEndDate = $_POST['classDates_2']['classEndDate_2']['d'];
} ...

and convert the above in a for loop as:

// the following does not work
for ( $x=1;$x<5;$x++ ) {
     // concatenate $classDates and append number
     $classDates = "classDates_";
     $classDatesConcatenated = $classDates.$x;
    // concatenate $classEndDate and append number
     $classEndDate = "classEndDate_";
     $classEndDateConcatenated = $classEndDate.$x;

  if ( $c == 1 ) {
    $classEndDate =  $_POST[$classDatesConcatenated][$classEndDate]['d'];
  } elseif ( $c == 2 ) {
     $classEndDate = $_POST['classDates_2']['classEndDate_2']['d'];
  } ...
}

The above for loop does not function and returns an array for $classEndDate rather than an single value.

I can concatenate the following succesfully if $_POST is not a multi array and in a for loop as:

// the following works
for ( $c; $c<5; $c++ ) {
     ...// concatenate $studentName and append number
     $varStudent = 'student_name_';
     $studentNameConc = $varStudent.$c;
    $studentName = $_POST[$studentNameConc];
}

Can someone tell me how I can fetch these multi-array $_POST variables in a for loop.
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Question by:Victor Kimura
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by:Rurne
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1. What's your input form look like?

2. you're not concatenating anything in the second loop.  Each pass replaces $studentName and throws the value away (unless you're purposefully throwing it away fror the sake of example).

3.  In your for loop, you iterate over $x.  However, in your if/else block, you're referencing $c.  Where do you obtain the value of $c?
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Hi Rurne,

Sorry, the code had typos. I wanted to change this:
  // concatenate $classEndDate and append number
     $classEndDate = "classEndDate_";
     $classEndDateConcatenated = $classEndDate.$x;

where variable $x is an incremental value of 1 in a for loop

I found out to concatenate properly even multi arrays is done like so:
$classEndDateConc = ${'classEndDate'.$x};

Thank you for your help though.
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