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PHP Loop with testing against value of a query

Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I am new to php.  I am trying to run a loop 5 times.  Each time the loop runs I need to run a batch file to refresh a table and test the value of a query.  If the query is > 0 (meaning there are records in the table) exit the loop. Otherwise run a different batch file and continue.  

Start Loop
Run an exec(batchfile)
SELECT     COUNT(item_code) AS ItemCount
FROM         items
ItemCount > 0
       yes - exit loop and continue with code
      Repeat up to 5 times
If after 5 times, exit loop and run exec(RunRefresh2.bat)
Continue wtih code

A friend helped with some code below but I don't think it is doing exactly what I am trying to do

I don't know which type of loop to run the necessary syntax.  Can anyone help?
	$sql="SELECT COUNT(item_code) AS ItemCount FROM items";
	$stmt = sqlsrv_query( $conn, $sql);

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