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Insert an array of dates using codeigniter and active record

Hi,
I'm painfully new to codeigniter and am trying to take the values from a form and simply insert into my db. Problem is I have one field (dates) which is an array. In the form the user can dynamically add additional date fields so they are submitted as an array ie: dates[]

I am trying to insert into my db using active record but it dies when it hits the array of dates. Not surprisingly...

My controller looks like:
		// If the form has been posted
		if($this->input->post())
		{
			// Set form validation rules
			$this->form_validation
				->set_rules('contestname', 'Contest Name', 'required|min_length[2]|max_length[200]')
				->set_rules('voice', 'Contest Voice', 'required|min_length[2]|max_length[200]')
				->set_rules('winningcaller', 'Winning Caller', 'required|min_length[2]|max_length[200]')
				->set_rules('dialphone', 'Winning Caller Dials', 'required|min_length[2]|max_length[200]')
				->set_error_delimiters('<div class="error">', '</div>');
			

			
			// Run validation
			if ($this->form_validation->run())
			{
				
				
						
					// Form validation passed.
					$data = array(
						'ContestType'		=> set_value('contesttype'),
						'ContestMode'		=> set_value('contesttype'),
						'ContestName'		=> set_value('contestname'),
						'ContestStartDate'	=> set_value('dates'),
						'Voice'				=> set_value('voice'),
						'WinningNumber'		=> set_value('winningnumber'),
						'DialPhone'			=> set_value('dialphone'),
						'ContestStartMessage'	=> set_value('startmessage'),
						'ContestEndMessage'		=> set_value('endmessage'),
						'PostToFacebook'			=> set_value('facebook'),
						'PostToTwitter'			=> set_value('twitter'),
						'PostToWebsite'			=> set_value('website'),
						'PostToTextMessage'		=> set_value('textmessage'),
						'ContestStop'		=> set_value('contestend'),
						'Description'		=> set_value('description'),
						'account_id'	=> set_value($user_id)
					);
					
					// Add new contest
					$this->contest_model->add($data);
					
					
					$page_view_data->show_succeeded = true;
				}
			}
			else
			{
				// Form validation failed
				$page_view_data->show_form_error = true;
			}
		
		
		// Load the page
		$this
			->require_authentication('user/login')
			->set_page('contests/contest_setup', $page_view_data)
			->set_title('Setup a Contest')
			->load_layout();
	}

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My model looks like:

	public function add(array $data)
	{
		$this->db->insert('contest_setup', $data);
		
	}

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With the model, I don't have a clue how to handle the dates field when it comes over in the $data object.

The error I get is:
Error Number: 1054

Unknown column 'Array' in 'field list'

INSERT INTO `contest_setup` (`ContestType`, `ContestMode`, `ContestName`, `ContestStartDate`, `Voice`, `WinningNumber`, `DialPhone`, `ContestStartMessage`, `ContestEndMessage`, `PostToFacebook`, `PostToTwitter`, `PostToWebsite`, `PostToTextMessage`, `ContestStop`, `Description`, `account_id`) VALUES ('1', '1', 'Metallica', Array, '0', '', '9024547474', '', '', '', '', '', '', 'on', '', '')

You can see it says simply 'Array' as the value for ContestStartDate which is the date[] array.

Help....
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
It depends on how you want the data to be stored.
Multiple values normal ly means multiple records, while you seem to put them all into one. I don't know those classes you are using, so not sure how to solve in either way.
Still hope this gives food to think.
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Lukasz ChmielewskiCommented:
try this way (lose the array keyword):

public function add($data)
	{
		$this->db->insert('contest_setup', $data);
		
	}

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tjyoungAuthor Commented:
THANKS VERY MUCH!! Was suffering on this.
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tjyoungAuthor Commented:
Spoke a bit too soon.
the insert works but ignores the dates if I go like this:

ContestStartDate'      => set_value('dates[]'),

if I do this:
ContestStartDate'      => set_value('dates'),

I get the error message again:
Error Number: 1054

Unknown column 'Array' in 'field list'

INSERT INTO `contest_setup` (`ContestType`, `ContestMode`, `ContestName`, `ContestStartDate`, `Voice`, `WinningNumber`, `DialPhone`, `ContestStartMessage`, `ContestEndMessage`, `PostToFacebook`, `PostToTwitter`, `PostToWebsite`, `PostToTextMessage`, `ContestStop`, `Description`, `account_id`) VALUES ('1', '1', 'final', Array, '0', '', '9998889999', '', '', '', '', '', '', 'on', '', '17')



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Lukasz ChmielewskiCommented:
How do you want to store an array in MySql database ? What is the field for this ? You cannot store an array in one column for a single database row.
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tjyoungAuthor Commented:
Hmm, my scenario is:
A user filling out a form has the option of creating additional date fields by clicking 'add another date'. The field name is dates[] which if I understand things right, that creates an array of values (in my case multiple dates).

So, I thought I would insert the array of dates, perhaps separated by a comma. Done this before for adding multiple checkboxes (example below, unrelated app)
if (isset($_REQUEST['hotbuttons'])) {
 $hotbutton= implode(",", $_REQUEST['hotbuttons']); //concat the string using comma
 mysql_query("UPDATE customers SET hotbuttons = '$hotbutton' ");	
}

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You can see how using implode, adds the comma in between each of the values of the array and dumps the whole thing into the hotbuttons column. When I want at the values, I just explode on the commas.

What I'm struggling with is how to do the same kind of thing in this case.
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Lukasz ChmielewskiCommented:
Then you need to implode the required dates value just before model adds it to the database (not tested code, but try below)

public function add($data)
{
      if(is_array($data['ContestStartDate'])) $data['ContestStartDate'] = implode(",", $data['ContestStartDate']);
      $this->db->insert('contest_setup', $data);
}

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(edited - removed the array keyword as in original suggestion)
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tjyoungAuthor Commented:
That did the trick! Never would have figured it out without your help.
Thanks for your patience.
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Lukasz ChmielewskiCommented:
Glad it worked.
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Puneet AroraFounderCommented:
I m using this same   logic in my data model , but it is storing single /the last value of the multi select
dropdown : Is there a need for some changes in view , where the drop down is been created . Kindly
answer
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