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Best practice for checking value of a field in php/mysql?

Posted on 2011-09-06
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Hi,
in my app I need to check the value of a field and based on that, insert new value or not.
What I'm currently doing is:

 
$result = mysql_query("SELECT subscribestatus FROM callers WHERE FromCaller = '$From'");
	while ($row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result)) {
	$status = $row["subscribestatus"];
	}

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Then once its assigned as a variable, I use a switch/case statement to check the value compared to the 3 different ones it may be. Then if it matches one of them, I do an update statement something like this:

 
mysql_query("UPDATE callers SET subscribestatus = 'Subscribed' WHERE FromCaller = '$From' AND subscribestatus = 'Pending'");?>

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So my question is: is that the best way to do it? Seems like a lot of work to do a comparison of one value. I just get a nagging suspicion there is a better way.

Thanks tj
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Ray Paseur earned 250 total points
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Regarding this: $status = $row["subscribestatus"];

You do not need to do that.  $row["subscribestatus"] is already its own variable.  There is no value added by proliferating variables.  You can use switch / case on the original element of the $row array

Your design pattern makes sense to me as you have described it here.  The things I would be concerned about include the origin and sanitization of the $From variable, and the absence of the LIMIT clause in your queries.

HTH, ~Ray
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by:skullnobrains
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you can perform a single SQL query using an if or case statement to update conditionnally to the existing or another value. something like this :

"UPDATE callers SET subscribestatus =
  CASE WHEN (SELECT subscribestatus FROM ...) = 'something_meaning you do not want to update'
  THEN subscribestatus
  ELSE 'Subscribed'
  END WHERE FromCaller = '$From' AND subscribestatus = 'Pending'"

this is already a little better but it will still perform the lookup and lock the row in the callers table

note this will also work if you stick the extra comparison in the where clause

... WHERE ... AND  (select ...) = 'whatever_triggers_the_update'

otherwise you need to go for a transaction : perform the select
SELECT @var:=subscribestatus FROM ...;

CASE when @var == whatever
then UPDATE ...

i'm not completelyy sure about the syntax for the transaction part. feel free to ask if you need more help
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