I need to show results with some filters on mysql query.

The filters will be taken from $_GET['filter']

There are going to be multiple combinations of filters.

Like : filter1+filter2, filter1+filter5, filter2+filter4 etc.

I think i need to create a switch() for these filters.

And based on the filters selected, run the query in sql.

I am not able to create an array for the $_GET[] variables.

Please assist.

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COuld you give us an idea of the data expected?

How about the database fields?

I am not able to create an array for the $_GET[] variables.

Yes you can. Give us more info.

Is the $_GET info not already automatically stored in an array? E.g. ?key=value becomes $_GET['key'] == 'value'

Thank you very much for your reply.

So here it is :

I have a webpage with 2 columns. All the results will be posted in the right column.

On the left column, i have the filters in <select>, <checkbox> and <radio> tabs.

Now depending on the values selected at the left side the data on the right column changes [The filters are applied to sql as WHERE].

These are the filters I am talking about.

So if nothing is selected/checked on the left side - Show all results.

if(isset($_GET['filter1'])) {

$filter1 = $_GET['filter1'];

SQL QUERY SELECT WHERE column.value = $filter1;



if(isset($_GET['filter1']) && isset($_GET['filter2'])) {

$filter1 = $_GET['filter1'];
$filter2 = $_GET['filter2'];

SQL QUERY SELECT WHERE column1.value = $filter1 && column2.value = $filter2;



Hope i described my expectation.

Thank you again

What about you loop through your $_GET keys, and if the key represents a filter, you add the filter to your filters list? For example:

    // Create an array to store the filters that are to be used in.
    $filters = array();

    foreach($_GET as $key => $value)
        if(strpos($key, 'filter') !== false)
            // This key contains the word "filter". Add it to the filters array.
            $filters[] = $value;

    // Create a variable to store the WHERE clause in.
    $where_clause = '';

    // Create a counter for the foreach() loop.
    $i = 0;

    foreach($filters as $filter)
        // Do whatever you want with this filter. For example, let's add it to your query:

        // We don't want to add the word "AND" to our first part of $where_clause.
        if($i === 0)
            $add = null;
            $add = ' AND ';

        // Each filter is connected to its own colum, so let's use a switch to determine the
        // exact words that we need to add to our WHERE clause.
            case 'filter1':
                $where_clause .= $and . ' column1.value = "filter1" ';

            case 'filter2':
                $where_clause .= $and . ' column2.value = "filter2" ';

        // Add one to the foreach() counter.

// Build the query.
$query = 'SELECT *
    FROM table
    WHERE ' . $where_clause;
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Here's my take...

//CONNECTION DETAILS HERE or WITHIN the next block    

    $where = array();
    foreach($_GET['filters'] as $k=>$v)
            $cleanv = trim(mysql_real_escape_string($v));
            if($cleanv) $where[] = "column$k.value = '$cleanv'";
            $cleanv = array_map('mysql_real_escape_string', $v);
            $where[] = "column$k.value IN ('" . implode("','",$cleanv) . "')";
    $whereClause = implode(" AND ", $where);
    //echo here - but can place into a QUERY instead
    echo $whereClause;

<label for="word">Word:</label>
<select name="filters[1]" id="word">
    <option value="">(Choose a Word)</option>
    <option value="some">Some</option>
    <option value="thing">Thing</option>
    <option value="else">Else</option>
    <option value="in">In</option>
    <option value="here">Here</option>
<br />
<input type="checkbox" name="filters[2][]" id="eggs" value="eggs" /><label for="eggs">Eggs</label>
<input type="checkbox" name="filters[2][]" id="bread" value="bread" /><label for="bread">Bread</label>
<input type="checkbox" name="filters[2][]" id="butter" value="butter" /><label for="butter">Butter</label>
<input type="checkbox" name="filters[2][]" id="soda" value="soda" /><label for="soda">Soda</label>
<br />
<input type="radio" name="filters[3]" id="book" value="book" checked="checked" /><label for="book">Book</label>
<input type="radio" name="filters[3]" id="magazine" value="magazine" /><label for="magazine">Magazine</label>
<input type="radio" name="filters[3]" id="kindle" value="kindle" /><label for="kindle">Kindle</label>
<input type="radio" name="filters[3]" id="newspaper" value="newspaper" /><label for="newspaper">Newspaper</label>
<br />
<input type="submit" value="Go" />

This assumes that the column for filtering has the same index as the filter in the form.
So the guts of this is only about 17 lines of code.