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DanArosa
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Hi,

 

I'm a graphic design student and have no PHP experience, however, I need to incorporate a guestbook into my Flash website.

I downloaded a customisable guestbook and customised it to fit in with my site, but it doesn't work, could someone have a look

at the PHP for me and see if that's where I'm going wrong.

 

Thanks in anticipation of your help,

dan

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Hi,

 

By doesnt work, I mean it posts no results back to the guestbook.

 

The guestbook can be seen at www.thismeatisfresh.com, then by clicking on book of meat link at top right corner.

 

Here is the script:

 

<?php

 

//---------------------------------------------- DO NOT CHANGE FOLLOWING (UNLESS U KNOW WHAT UR DOING) -------------------//

 

if(isset($_POST['name'])){

//retrieve variables

$name = $_POST['name'];

$email = $_POST['email'];

$message = $_POST['message'];

$date = date("Y-m-d");

}

 

 

//create connection to the database

$conn = mysql_connect($host, $username, $password) or die("could not connect to server");

$select_db = mysql_select_db($db,$conn);

 

if(isset($_POST['name'])){

//insert entry into guest book

$insertSQL = "INSERT INTO guestbook_tbl (Name, Email, Message, Date) VALUES ('$name', '$email', '$message', '$date')";

$rs = mysql_query($insertSQL,$conn);

 

if($rs){

  //insertion was successful now lets send back to flash all entries in the database in XML Format

  retrieveData();

}else{

  echo '&entryadded=FAIL&';

  exit();

}

 

}else{

retrieveData();

}

 

 

function retrieveData(){

    global $conn;

 

//get entries from guestbook

    $selectSQL = "SELECT * FROM guestbook_tbl ORDER BY ID DESC";

    $rs = mysql_query($selectSQL,$conn);

 

//generate the xml file

echo "<?xml version=\"1.0\"?>\n";

echo "<entries>\n";

 

while($row = mysql_fetch_assoc($rs)){

echo "<log>\n";

echo "<name>".$row['Name']."</name>\n";

echo "<email>".$row['Email']."</email>\n";

echo "<date>".$row['Date']."</date>\n";

echo "<message>".$row['Message']."</message>\n";

echo "</log>\n";

}

#now lets end the xml file

echo "</entries>\n";

 

 

#close the mySQL connection

mysql_close($conn);

}

?>

 

Thanks for the reply,

dan

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Remove your login details from the post (but not the script).

 

Change (in two places)

$rs = mysql_query($insertSQL,$conn);

 

to

 

$rs = mysql_query($insertSQL,$conn) or die ("Error in query: $insertSQL " . mysql_error());

 

And post the error.

 

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$rs = mysql_query($selectSQL,$conn) or die ("Error in query: $selectSQL " . mysql_error());

 

 

Hi,

 

could only find it in one place,

 

It's not to replace this line as well is it?

 

$rs = mysql_query($selectSQL,$conn) or die ("Error in query: $selectSQL " . mysql_error());

;

 

Thanks again,

dan

 

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Something is still wrong with the connection, try this code and put your connection parameters up top.

 

<?php
//put your connection info up here

$name = "Test";
$email = "Email@email.com";
$message = "Message";
$date = date("Y-m-d");

//create connection to the database
$conn = mysql_connect($host, $username, $password) or die("could not connect to server");
$select_db = mysql_select_db($db,$conn);

$insertSQL = "INSERT INTO guestbook_tbl (Name, Email, Message, Date) VALUES ('$name', '$email', '$message', '$date')";
$rs = mysql_query($insertSQL,$conn) or die ("Error in query: $insertSQL. " . mysql_error());

   if($rs){
     echo "ADDED";
   }else{
     echo 'FAILED' .mysql_error();
     exit();
   }
   


?>

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Means it works without Flash.  I don't know enough about Flash to help you with why it doesn't work in your Flash form.

 

If you look at the DB via MyPHPAdmin (or any other tool), do you now see entries in the table?

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1 Test Email@email.com Message 2008-01-07

      2 Test Email@email.com Message 2008-01-07

      3 Test Email@email.com Message 2008-01-07

      4 Test Email@email.com Message 2008-01-07

      5 Test Email@email.com Message 2008-01-07

      6 Test Email@email.com Message 2008-01-07

      7 Test Email@email.com Message 2008-01-07

      8 Test Email@email.com Message 2008-01-07

 

 

I'm seeing this yeah, is that right, I presume it is?

 

Dan

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