PHP MySQL and joining two table results

Hi Experts,

I have two tables that rows are linked by the 'PersonRef' field.

Table 'person' example:
PersonRef     FirstName      LastName
12                   Jim                   Smith
23                  Alex                  Lewis
34                  Linda                 Smith

Table 'person_meta' example:
PersonRef     Field               Value      
12                   Age                   24
12                   Title                   Mr
23                   Age                   24
23                   Title                   Mr
34                   Age                   24
34                   Title                   Mrs

I am looking for a sql query (mysqli_connect) that would return any person who is 'Age' = '24' and 'LastName' = 'Smith' but in an array with this format:
[0] => array('FirstName'=>'Jim','LastName'=>'Smith','Meta'=>array('Title'=>'Mr','Age'=>'24'))
[1] => array('FirstName'=>'Linda','LastName'=>'Smith','Meta'=>array('Title'=>'Mrs','Age'=>'24'))

So basically searching the two tables and linking the data. Removing PersonRef 23 as they don't have a LastName Smith.

Any help would be gratefully received. I've been going round in circles with Joins.
maccaj51Asked:
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Terry WoodsIT GuruCommented:
Formatting the result would be best put in a separate question. Get the query sorted first, and then worry about formatting the results after that. Try this query:

select FirstName, LastName, MetaTitle.Value Title, MetaAge.Value Age
from person
join person_meta MetaTitle on MetaTitle.PersonRef = person.PersonRef
join person_meta MetaAge on MetaAge.PersonRef = person.PersonRef
where MetaAge.Value = '24'
and LastName = 'Smith'

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Note that unless you use left joins (which I haven't), you'll only get a row returned for a person when there exists both a title record in person_meta and an age record in person_meta
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arnoldCommented:
using a case/if statement within the join statement.



Select p.firstname,p.adtname,
(Get the title) as title,
(Get the age) as age
From person p join person_meta f on f.petsonref=p.personref
Where f.field='Age' and f.value=24 and p.lastname='Smith'
Group by p.lastname,p.firstname

This way if one is missing, you would still get the results.
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arnoldCommented:
Here is the reference to case
https://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.7/en/case.html

For age
(Case
 When f.field='Age' then f.value
      Else ''
End case) as Age
For Title
(Case
  When f.field='Title' then f.value
   Else ' '
End case) As Title

If mo title, you will get an empty string in the corresponding column, but if there is no Age, your query will return no values.
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maccaj51Author Commented:
Thanks very much.
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