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Working on a WordPress site. I've been again thrown into the deep end of the pool on this. I am trying to add some code to the HEADER.PHP file which will display content under certian conditions. Here's the code in question:

$q1=mysql_query("SELECT * FROM 'wp_sean_sponsors' WHERE 'type' LIKE 1 AND 'cat'='.$post->ID.' ");


if ($q1){

The problem is that there doesn't seem to be anything coming back from the database. When I do a var_dump of $q1 it comes back as boolen(false), which I am taking to mean it has no value. But I know that a record which matches the criteria exists. I tried replacing '.$post->ID.' with a hard value with no change.


I've got no clue where to go next but they're beating me until I come up with a solution.

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CREATE TABLE search_example (category INT PRIMARY KEY,text VARCHAR(20));
INSERT INTO search_example VALUES (1, 'category'),(2, 'description'),(3, 'text');

This next query searches for column category = column text (as expected none found)

mysql> SELECT category FROM search_example WHERE text = category;
Empty set (0.00 sec)

Now we put category string in quotes to tell SQL "this is a string value"

mysql> SELECT category FROM search_example WHERE text = 'category';
| category |
|        1 |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

SQL can't know what you intended. It's up to you to be smart enough.

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