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mysql_fetch_array VS. mysql_fetch_assoc ...


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I did look both of them up in the php manual before posting here.  The only thing I noticed different, was fetch_array, can fetch any type of array, while fetch_assoc only fetches associative arrays.  I don't know what the different type of arrays mean though. 

 

I guess a better question to ask would have been:

 

What's the difference between a MYSQL_ASSOC and a MYSQL_NUM array?

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mysql_fetch_array fetches both an associative and a numeric array unless you specify otherwise, thus making it a little less efficient then mysql_fetch_assoc if you want to use associative arrays.

 

Associative array allow you to index by name, not number. It makes you code allot more readable.

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I guess I've been using associative arrays all along anyway.

 

Well, if your after associative arrays then mysql_fetch_assoc is slightly more efficient then mysql_fetch_array because that is all it returns.

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