How would I do this as an array?

I've a pulldown that reveals the months of the year. I want only the months that are in my database so I wrote this:

					<option selected>Month</option>
					<?php 
					$cur_month="";
					$the_month="";
					$brice="select DISTINCT posted_day from verizon order by posted_day";
					$brice_query=mysqli_query($cxn, $brice)
					or die("Couldn't make Brice happen");
					while($brice_row=mysqli_fetch_assoc($brice_query))
					{
					extract($brice_row);
					$the_month = date("F", strtotime($brice_row['posted_day']));
						if($the_month=="January" AND $the_month<>$cur_month)
						{
						?>
						<option>January</option>
						<?php
						}
							elseif($the_month=="February" AND $the_month<>$cur_month)
							{
							?>
							<option>February</option>
							<?php
							}
							elseif($the_month=="March" AND $the_month<>$cur_month)
							{
							?>
							<option>March</option>
							<?php
							}
							elseif($the_month=="April" AND $the_month<>$cur_month)
							{
							?>
							<option>April</option>
							<?php
							}
							elseif($the_month=="May" AND $the_month<>$cur_month)
							{
							?>
							<option>May</option>
							<?php
							}
							elseif($the_month=="June" AND $the_month<>$cur_month)
							{
							?>
							<option>June</option>
							<?php
							}
							elseif($the_month=="July" AND $the_month<>$cur_month)
							{
							?>
							<option>July</option>
							<?php
							}
							elseif($the_month=="August" AND $the_month<>$cur_month)
							{
							?>
							<option>August</option>
							<?php
							}
							elseif($the_month=="September" AND $the_month<>$cur_month)
							{
							?>
							<option>September</option>
							<?php
							}
							elseif($the_month=="October" AND $the_month<>$cur_month)
							{
							?>
							<option>October</option>
							<?php
							}
							elseif($the_month=="November" AND $the_month<>$cur_month)
							{
							?>
							<option>November</option>
							<?php
							}
							elseif($the_month=="December" AND $the_month<>$cur_month)
							{
							?>
							<option>December</option>
							<?php
						}
						else
						{
						continue;
						}
					$cur_month=date("F", strtotime($brice_row['posted_day']));
					}
					?>
					<option>_________________________</option>
					</select>

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It works fine, but I want to avoid having to loop through the table more than once. I've got a lot of records and I don't want to add an unnecessary burden to the user's experience by making them wait any longer than they would have to (I've got 200 million rows to consider).

I have the posted_day field indexed, so it doesn't take very long at all, but in the interest of keeping things as streamlined as possible, I want to store the results of the query that I've written above as an array and then, if I want to run the same conditional if statements for the day and the year, I can do that without having to do a select statement more than once.

Make sense?

In other words, can I store the months retrieved in the above query so if I had another pulldown that featured the months of the year, I could do all my ifs and elseifs against an array that has already been defined rather than having to loop through all my rows another time?

What do you think?
brucegustPHP DeveloperAsked:
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Ray PaseurConnect With a Mentor Commented:
After the SELECT query, you will have a results set.  You iterate over the results set like this:

$sql = "SELECT monthname... whatever to get THE RIGHT ORDER AND DISTINCT month names";
$res = mysqli_query($cxn, $sql);
if (!$res) trigger_error("FAIL: $sql", E_USER_ERROR);
$months = array();
while($row = mysqli_fetch_object($res))
{
    $months[] = $row->monthname;
}
var_dump($months);

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Julian HansenCommented:
If you only want the ones in your database can you not just do the following

SELECT DISTINCT MONTH(posted_day) FROM verizon ORDER BY MONTH(posted_day)

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That will give you rows of all the months that exist in your data? You can now loop through them and output the list
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Julian HansenConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Or even better
SELECT DISTINCT MONTHNAME(posted_day) FROM verizon ORDER BY MONTH(posted_day)

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brucegustPHP DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Julian, I can smell what you're cooking, but how do I store the output in an array?
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brucegustPHP DeveloperAuthor Commented:
That's what I was looking for! Thanks!
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Ray PaseurCommented:
Suggestion for going forward on this project... Create a test data set (obviously something less than 200MM rows) that is representative of your working data set.  Store it on your server in a .txt file or similar -- just so it is something small, but representative that we can download and use for testing.  Then when you have questions about how to construct the code you can show us the test data and we can give more complete (perhaps even tested) code examples.
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Julian HansenCommented:
  <option selected>Month</option>
<?php 
  // RETRIEV DISTINC MONTH NAMES IN MONTH ORDER
  $brice="SELECT DISTINCT MONTHNAME(posted_day) AS MonthName FROM verizon ORDER BY MONTH(posted_day)";
  $brice_query=mysqli_query($cxn, $brice) or die("Couldn't make Brice happen");
  // INITIALISE OUR ARRAY
  $months = array()
  // LOOP THROUGH RECORDS
  while($brice_row=mysqli_fetch_assoc($brice_query)) :
    // ADD MONTH NAME TO ARRAY
    $months[] = $brice_row['MonthName'];
    // OUTPUT THE OPTION
?>
  <option><?php echo $brice_row['MonthName'];?></option>
<?php
  endwhile;
?>
  <option>_________________________</option>
</select>

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