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javascript image array from database

I have a small image gallery where I'm using javascript to show the images in div's and go through the pages.  Right now it's hardcoded to a set of images and that works.

However, i have the images on the server with the file path in a table on the database, what is the best way to make this a dynamic array so it updates with the images from the database when i select a category?
<select name="catDropDown" id="catDropDown" onchange="javascript:getCategory()">
					      <option value="-" selected="selected">Select a Category</option>
					      <option value="bellTower">Bell Tower</option>

				        </select>
				      </p>
				    </div>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<div id="r1c1"></div>
                    <div id="r1c2"></div>
                    <div id="r1c3"></div>
                    
                    <div id="r2c1"></div>
                    <div id="r2c2"></div>
                    <div id="r2c3"></div>
                    
                    
                    <p>
                    <script type="text/javascript"><!--
                    var bellTowerArray = new Array();
                    
                    bellTowerArray[0]	= "bellTower01.jpg";
                    bellTowerArray[1]	= "bellTower02.jpg";
                    bellTowerArray[2]	= "bellTower03.jpg";
                    bellTowerArray[3]	= "bellTower04.jpg";
                    bellTowerArray[4]	= "bellTower05.jpg";
                    bellTowerArray[5]	= "bellTower06.jpg";
                    bellTowerArray[6]	= "bellTower07.jpg";
                    bellTowerArray[7]	= "bellTower08.jpg";
                    bellTowerArray[8]	= "bellTower09.jpg";
                    bellTowerArray[9]	= "bellTower10.jpg";
                    bellTowerArray[10]	= "bellTower11.jpg";
                    bellTowerArray[11]	= "bellTower12.jpg";
                    bellTowerArray[12]	= "bellTower13.jpg";
                    bellTowerArray[13]	= "bellTower14.jpg";
                    bellTowerArray[14]	= "bellTower15.jpg";
                    bellTowerArray[15]	= "bellTower16.jpg";
                   
                    
                    var currArray = new Array();
                    
                    function getCategory(){
                        if(document.getElementById("catDropDown").selectedIndex == 1)
                            currArray = bellTowerArray;
                        else if(document.getElementById("catDropDown").selectedIndex == 2)
                            currArray = fountainArray;
                        
                        if(document.getElementById("catDropDown").selectedIndex > 0){
                            displayImages(0);
                            doPagination();
                        } // end if
                    } // end of getCategory
                    
                    
                    function displayImages(start){
                        // r1c1
                        if(!(start > currArray.length-1))
                            document.getElementById("r1c1").innerHTML = "<a id=\"r1c1_a\" href=\"images/" + currArray[start] + "\" rel=\"lightbox\" title=\"This is the static description\"><img src=\"images/th_" + currArray[start] + "\" id=\"r1c1_img\" width=\"160\" height=\"160\" alt=\"This is the static description\" title=\"This is the static description\" /><"+"/a>";
                        else
                            document.getElementById("r1c1").innerHTML = "";
                            
                        // r1c2	
                        if(!(start+1 > currArray.length-1))
                            document.getElementById("r1c2").innerHTML = "<a id=\"r1c2_a\" href=\"images/" + currArray[start+1] + "\" rel=\"lightbox\" title=\"This is the static description\"><img src=\"images/th_" + currArray[start+1] + "\" id=\"r1c2_img\" width=\"160\" height=\"160\" alt=\"This is the static description\" title=\"This is the static description\" /><"+"/a>";
                        else
                            document.getElementById("r1c2").innerHTML = "";
						
						// r1c3
                        if(!(start+2 > currArray.length-1))
                            document.getElementById("r1c3").innerHTML = "<a id=\"r1c3_a\" href=\"images/" + currArray[start+2] + "\" rel=\"lightbox\" title=\"This is the static description\"><img src=\"images/th_" + currArray[start+2] + "\" id=\"r1c3_img\" width=\"160\" height=\"160\" alt=\"This is the static description\" title=\"This is the static description\" /><"+"/a>";
                        else
                            document.getElementById("r1c3").innerHTML = "";
						
                            
                        // r2c1	
                        if(!(start+3 > currArray.length-1))
                            document.getElementById("r2c1").innerHTML = "<a id=\"r2c1_a\" href=\"images/" + currArray[start+3] + "\" rel=\"lightbox\" title=\"This is the static description\"><img src=\"images/th_" + currArray[start+3] + "\" id=\"r2c1_img\" width=\"160\" height=\"160\" alt=\"This is the static description\" title=\"This is the static description\" /><"+"/a>";
                        else
                            document.getElementById("r2c1").innerHTML = "";
                        
                        // r2c2	
                        if(!(start+4 > currArray.length-1))
                            document.getElementById("r2c2").innerHTML = "<a id=\"r2c2_a\" href=\"images/" + currArray[start+4] + "\" rel=\"lightbox\" title=\"This is the static description\"><img src=\"images/th_" + currArray[start+4] + "\" id=\"r2c2_img\" width=\"160\" height=\"160\" alt=\"This is the static description\" title=\"This is the static description\" /><"+"/a>";
                        else
                            document.getElementById("r2c2").innerHTML = "";
						
						// r2c3
                        if(!(start+5 > currArray.length-1))
                            document.getElementById("r2c3").innerHTML = "<a id=\"r2c3_a\" href=\"images/" + currArray[start+5] + "\" rel=\"lightbox\" title=\"This is the static description\"><img src=\"images/th_" + currArray[start+5] + "\" id=\"r2c3_img\" width=\"160\" height=\"160\" alt=\"This is the static description\" title=\"This is the static description\" /><"+"/a>";
                        else
                            document.getElementById("r2c3").innerHTML = "";
										
                    
                    } // end of displayImages
                    
                    function doPagination(){
                        var numpages = (currArray.length / 6) +1;
                        var numleft = currArray.length % 6;
                        
                        document.getElementById("pagination").innerHTML = "";
                        
                        for(i=0; i<numpages-1; i++){
                            document.getElementById("pagination").innerHTML += "<span onclick='displayImages(" + i*6 + ")'>" + (i+1) + "<"+"/span>";
                        } // end for
                        
                        if(numpages <=1)
                            document.getElementById("pagination").innerHTML = "";
                    } // end pages

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Ray PaseurCommented:
Not sure where you stand on data base programming, so I will just start with what I think might be the explanation.

Right now you have this array of image names:
var bellTowerArray = new Array();
bellTowerArray[0] = "bellTower01.jpg";

You would generate those array elements in PHP with code something like this:

...In JavaScript
var bellTowerArray = new Array();
<?php
$sql = "SELECT imagename FROM myTable ORDER BY imagename LIMIT 31";
$res = mysql_query($sql) or die( mysql_error() );
$num = 0;
while ($row = mysql_fetch_assoc($res))
{
    echo "bellTowerArray[$num] = \"$row['imagename']\";";
    $num++;
}
// END OF PHP
?>

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newmie22Author Commented:
I'm pretty new, just learning it all.  Would using var bellTowerArray make it static?  There are numerous categories that are in the database which can be choose from the drop down and thus bring up those images for that category.
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Ray PaseurCommented:
Still trying to get the question clear in my mind.  Would this paraphrase it in layman's terms?

"I have a web site with lots of pictures.  The pictures are listed in a data base and they are tagged by categories, like 'fish' and 'birds.'  I want to write a PHP script that will let the client see a dropdown select box so they can choose the category.  Let's say they choose 'fish.'  Then when they submit the form, I want to show them all the pictures of fish."
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newmie22Author Commented:
yes, exactly
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Ray PaseurCommented:
OK, I think the best answer I can give you in the short term is to suggest a good learning resource for PHP and data bases.  Buy this book and work through the examples - in a month you will be light years ahead.  It is very readable and comes with a downloadable code library that you can copy and paste.
http://www.sitepoint.com/books/phpmysql4/

Your general design pattern for what you want to do would be to query the data base and get all the category information in a query results set.  Then you would use a while() statement to iterate over the result set, generating <option> tags for each category.  When the client submits the form, you would be able to find the selected option in the request array element that corresponds to the <select> name attribute.
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newmie22Author Commented:
thanks, found full solution myself
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