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PHP Checkboxes, dynamically change MySQL query

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Hi all! Let's say I have the following ten checkboxes:

[code]<input name="checkbox_1" type="checkbox" value="1" />
  <input name="checkbox_2" type="checkbox" value="1" />
  <input name="checkbox_3" type="checkbox" value="1" />
  <input name="checkbox_4" type="checkbox" value="1" />
  <input name="checkbox_5" type="checkbox" value="1" />
  <input name="checkbox_6" type="checkbox" value="1" />
  <input name="checkbox_7" type="checkbox" value="1" />
  <input name="checkbox_8" type="checkbox" value="1" />
  <input name="checkbox_9" type="checkbox" value="1" />
  <input name="checkbox_10" type="checkbox" value="1" />[/code]

Now, for each checkbox the user checks, I want to update a MySQL query that will get values from each list corresponding to that number. For example, if they check boxes 1 and 2, I want the MySQL query to look like:

[code]"SELECT * FROM `table` WHERE (`list_number` = 1 OR `list_number` = 2)[/code]..etc

How would I generate this MySQL query most efficiently with ten or more checkboxes? I was thinking of using [code]foreach()[/code] but I'm not sure if that's going to work. If someone could point me in the right direction that would be great! Thanks!

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You'll wwant to give each checkbox the same name but prepend the name square brackets like so: checkbox[] that way any tickboxes that are checked get send as an array, which will help to produce your dynamic query. ALso you'll wan to give the checkbox a different value, say for checkbox1 use the value 1, for next checkbox give it a vlaue of 2 etc.

Heres a demo:
[code=php:0]<?php

if(isset($_POST['submit']))
{
    $sql  =  'SELECT * FROM `table` WHERE (`list_number` = ';
    $sql .= implode(' OR `list_number` = ', $_POST['checkbox']) . ")";

    echo '<code>' . $sql . "</code><br /><br />\n";
}

?>
<form action="<?php echo $_SERVER['PHP_SELF']; ?>" method="post">
  <?php
for($i = 1; $i <= 10; $i++)
{
    echo "<input name=\"checkbox[]\" type=\"checkbox\" value=\"{$i}\" />&nbsp; &nbsp;Checkbox{$i}<br />\n  ";
}
?>
  <input type="submit" name="submit" value="Generate Query" />
</form>[/code]

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Slightly easier is to put the checked values into a comma-delimited list

[code]$list = join (',', $_POST['checkbox']);    #--> 1,3,4,7,8 for example[/code]

Then the query becomes

[code]SELECT * FROM tablename WHERE list_number IN ($list)[/code]

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