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I am using a script to take postcodes and give distances between them and list all postcodes within a radius. Where it should list all the postcodes in the radius it provides and empty array - any clues??


the table is 'geodb'


relevant fields are    






and the code is

    $postcode = strtoupper($_GET['postcode']);
    $radius = $_GET['radius'];
echo $postcode . '<br>';
echo $radius . '<br>';

$conn = mysql_connect(/*credentials removed*/) or die('db connect error: ' . mysql_error());
    mysql_select_db('db379121', $conn) or die('could not select database');
  $sqlstring = "SELECT * FROM geodb WHERE postcode = '".$postcode."'";
    $result = mysql_query($sqlstring);

    $row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result);

var_dump($row); // seeing whqat is in the array - returns one result (array(9) { ["id"]=> string(1) "1" ["countrycode"]=> string(2) "GB" ["postcode"]=> string(4) "AB10" ["place"]=> string( "Aberdeen" ["postaltown"]=> string( "Aberdeen" ["region1"]=> string( "Scotland" ["region2"]=> string(13) "Aberdeen City" ["latitude"]=> string(12) "57.135813090" ["longitude"]=> string(12) "-2.121224030" })//
    $lng = $row["longitude"] / 180 * M_PI;
    $lat = $row["latitude"] / 180 * M_PI;
echo $lat .
echo $lng . '<br>';
echo to check that there is a value here - i get lat  0.99720805922458        lng -0.037022343495923

$sqlstring2 = "SELECT DISTINCT geodb.postcode,geodb.place,(6367.41*SQRT(2*(1-cos(RADIANS(geodb.latitude))*cos(".$lat.")*(sin(RADIANS(geodb.longitude))*sin(".$lng.")+cos(RADIANS(geodb.longitude))*cos(".$lng."))-sin(RADIANS(geodb.latitude))* sin(".$lat.")))) AS Distance FROM geodb AS geodb WHERE (6367.41*SQRT(2*(1-cos(RADIANS(geodb.latitude))*cos(".$lat.")*(sin(RADIANS(geodb.longitude))*sin(".$lng.")+cos(RADIANS(geodb.longitude))*cos(".$lng."))-sin(RADIANS(geodb.latitude))*sin(".$lat."))) <= '".$distance."') ORDER BY Distance";

    $result = mysql_query($sqlstring2) or die('query failed: ' . mysql_error());

    $str = "<table width=\"300\" border=\"0\" cellspacing=\"0\" cellpadding=\"0\">";
    $str .= "<tr>";
    $str .= "<th>postcode</th>";
    $str .= "<th>city</th>";
    $str .= "<th>distance</th>";
    $str .= "</tr>";

    while ($row = mysql_fetch_array($result, MYSQL_ASSOC))
        $str .= "<tr><td>".$row["postcode"]."</td><td>".$row["place"]."</td><td>".round($row['Distance'])."km</td></tr>";

    $str .= "</table>";
var_dump($row["place"]); // this produces null

    echo $str;	

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Your while condition above is to keep looping "while $row = a row from the database". So when the while loop has finished, it's because mysql_fetch_array has returned null because there are no more rows, subsequently meaning that $row now contains null.. So basically what you're getting back is correct.

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As Adam has said, you can only access the values of $row while you are within your loop.. trying to do so outside of that scope will produce null then the array is, at that point, null.  You could try building a second array of just these "place" values that you obtain inside the loop, which will then persist outside of its scope.

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ah i see that about echoing $row - and that was just to see if anything was there - and i see that was wrong - changed is to var_dump($str) now and i get string(126) "" - what does this mean.


I ran the query in phpmyadmin and it returns no results


i am thinking its a problem with the 2nd query

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