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How would I do this?

I have a pull down menu that features the full name of a student. The list is based off of a query where I'm just listing all the students and coupling their first and last name as a string (<?php echo stripslashes($first_name).' '.stripslashes($last_name); ?> I need to process that name by breaking it apart and grabbing the id attached to that row that contains both the first name and the last name.

So, I'm thinking that there's some php magic that allows me to break apart the name and then do a select query where it's "select id from students where first_name='$something' and last_name='$something_else'";

What?
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brucegust
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Ray PaseurCommented:
For starters, stripslashes() is not the right function to use before echo sends the browser output.  You want htmlentities() to avoid sending evil JavaScript commands to the client browser.

Probably your query is looking for the student names in a table that also contains an AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY column, right?  Why not SELECT all three columns in the query?

If you want to post the CREATE TABLE statement we can probably give you a query that will get all the fields you need in a single trip to the data base engine.
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brucegustPHP DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Ray. I was able to get it done using explode, but I'll take your advice on the htmlentities too.
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