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Inserting Multiple Rows At Once

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Hey everyone.

Let say I have two tables in a MySQL database. Once called 'Marks' and another called 'Students'

The table 'Students' has two columns being : "Name" and "Student_ID"
The table 'Marks' has three columns being "ID" (Auto Increment), "Student_ID" and "Mark"

Now lets say that we wanted to write a script that kept a record of the students marks.
The table 'Students' would be used to generate a form on the page, basically pulling all the names and Student ID's out of its rows and using a loop to show all of the students in the table.
So if we had three students, the form would look like this :
John |__markfield__| |__ID Field__|
Mike |__markfield__| |__ID Field__|
Tony|__markfield__| |__ID Field__|

The field 'ID FIELD' is hidden and has a value of the students unique ID. The 'markfield' is an input where you can put the students mark. When we press submit, we want all of the marks and their corresponding student ID's to be placed into the table 'Marks'.

Later, if we wanted to retrieve any students marks, we could just call 'Select from MARKS where Student_ID = 110115' (or what ever the students ID is) This would show ALL of his marks in a similar loop as we used to display the form.

My Question is.. How do I insert all of these new rows at once? Remember that I will not know how many students are in the table 'Students' as new ones would be added all the time.

Any suggestions?

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You'll need to set the markfield and the id as arrays like this
<input type="text" name="markfield[]" />
<input type="hidden" name="students[]" value="111" />

In your php, you'll run through the markfield array and set the insert query
$markfield_arr = $_POST['markfield'];
$students_arr = $POST['students'];

$query = "insert into `Marks` (`Student_ID`, `Mark`) values ";

for ($i=0; $i<count($markfield_arr); $i++){
     $query .= "('".$students_arr[i]."', '".$markfield_arr[i]."'), ";

$query = trim($query, ", ");

$result = mysql_query($query);

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[!--quoteo(post=384665:date=Jun 16 2006, 12:20 PM:name=aebstract)--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE(aebstract @ Jun 16 2006, 12:20 PM) [snapback]384665[/snapback][/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--]
Is this for that teacher in the freelance section?
LMAO wouldn't that be funny.

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well sorry.. better luck next time? i was thinking it was funny cuz he took on a job in the freelance section and is turning around asking for help on it. that is..if that's what the question is about...

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