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How do I insert into multiple tables and add new information?

Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith asked
I have an insert record form to insert a record into tbl_series.  I also have a tbl_races.  When I insert a series, I want the action to insert 8 records into the tbl_races.  Furthermore, I want it to add future dates (of each Monday).  For example: I create a Winter series and put in a start date of the series.  I want the code to create 8 races numbered 1 through 8, with race week 1 using the start date of the series, race week 2 seven days later, race 3 seven days after that, etc.

This is the Dreamweaver created code for basic entry...where do I go next?

if ((isset($_POST["MM_insert"])) && ($_POST["MM_insert"] == "form1")) {
  $insertSQL = sprintf("INSERT INTO tbl_series (seriesID, seriesName, BeginDate, `Year`) VALUES (%s, %s, %s, %s)",
                       GetSQLValueString($_POST['seriesID'], "int"),
                       GetSQLValueString($_POST['seriesName'], "text"),
                       GetSQLValueString($_POST['BeginDate'], "date"),
                       GetSQLValueString($_POST['Year'], "int"));
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I'd never use DW to code anything... notepad rulz! :)

With one insert you cannot do this. You need further inserts on some way.

Anyhow, what could be done:
- if your DB server supports stored procedures / triggers you can put this logic there (e.g. create an SP creating the record in series, and also insert the records to races, or trigger an event to the insert of series, and add the 8 additional records to races from there)
- you can prepare & execute another SQL to create the records for you in races, as you can see in the code:
for($week=0; $week<8; $week++) {
  $race_date = strtotime($_POST['BeginDate']) + (7*24*60*60)*$week;
  $sql = sprintf(
        "INSERT INTO tbl_races (series_id, week_id, race_date) " .
        "VALUES (%s, %s, %s)",
               GetSQLValueString($_POST['seriesID'], "int"),
               GetSQLValueString($week+1, "int"),
               GetSQLValueString($race_date, "date"),

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It's only creating one week...


wait, it actually isn't creating anything


any new ideas on this?  it didn't create anything...
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There is nothing wrong with using dreamweaver to code. But if you want to do more complex things you just need to add your own secret sauce.  I'm not fluent in php but you will want to know a function to add dates http://www.brightcherry.co.uk/scribbles/2009/01/06/php-adding-and-subtracting-dates/

if ((isset($_POST["MM_insert"])) && ($_POST["MM_insert"] == "form1"))

For LOOP =  0 to 7
varDATE= Add LOOP to BeginDate (notice first round is 0 so you will  use your start date)
varYEAR = year(varDATE)
varSERIES_NAME = "Race "& RACE_NAME  (You end up with Race1, Race2 etc)  

  $insertSQL = sprintf("INSERT INTO tbl_series (seriesID, seriesName, BeginDate, `Year`) VALUES (%s, %s, %s, %s)",
                       GetSQLValueString($_POST['seriesID'], "int"),
                       GetSQLValueString(varSERIES_NAME, "text"),
                       GetSQLValueString(varDATE, "date"),
                       GetSQLValueString(varYEAR, "int"));