How do I retrieve the last inserted id in postgresql using "returning" in insert sql clause in Php?

Hi everyone!

I have shifted from mysql to postgresql, and I'm using php. I need to use the replacement of  the mysql_last_insert() function for retrieving the last inserted id. I have explored the currval(), lastval() etc. functions and also the RETURNING restriction/option in the insert sql statement.

For the task at hand, I prefer the insert statement using the RETURNING clause. Its probably a very simple thing but after the select statement with the returning clause, HOW DO I CAPTURE AND USE THE RETURNED VALUE IN PHP? I have tried but am missing something very simple.

The pseudo code is as  follows.

the table name is products,
product_id SERIAL AUTO INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY,
product_name varchar (50) NOT NULL.

<?php
require_once('conn.php');

$query = INSERT INTO product (product_name) VALUES ('$_POST[product_name]') RETURNING product_id;
$result = pg_query($query);

/*HOW DO RETRIEVE AND USE THE RETURNED product_id THAT IS OUTPUT AS A RESULT OF THE QUERY? USUALLY WE RETRIEVE AN ASSOCIATIVE ARRAY BUT HERE THERE IS ONLY ONE NUMERIC DATA RETURNED.*/

I shall be grateful for the help and I give thanks in advance!
?>
786aslamkhanAsked:
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Add this:

$row = pg_fetch_row($result);
$new_id = $row['0'];

HTH,
Dan

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786aslamkhanAuthor Commented:
Sorry experts!!! IT WAS TOO SIMPLE!!! ... Just an oversight! The answer is as follows.

$result = pg_query($query);
                  while ($row = pg_fetch_array($result)){
                        $id = $row['product_id'];
                        echo "Id: " . $id;
                        }
I apologize if anyone has spent even a minute on this in vain. Please do forgive this oversight and momentary lapse of focus!

However to keep the question alive could anyone please tell me how to get the last insert id using currval() or lastval() please?
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Here's a discussion on currval(): http://dba.stackexchange.com/questions/3281/how-do-i-use-currval-in-postgresql-to-get-the-last-inserted-id

The problem is that this is NOT a replacement for mysql_last_insert().

It's local to the transaction and will return an error if nextval was never called in that transaction (for ex. in an insert).

In other words, used by itself in a transaction, currval(table-name_field-name_seq) will always return an error:
http://www.postgresql.org/docs/8.4/static/functions-sequence.html
786aslamkhanAuthor Commented:
Thanks DanCraciun so very much for your time and links. I had the opportunity to re-visit the discussion on currval().
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