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repeat products inside a repeat categories

Thread began 10/30/2012 6:21 pm by Christopher West | Last modified 10/31/2012 1:18 pm by Christopher West | 451 views | 2 replies |

Christopher WestCommunity Expert

repeat products inside a repeat categories

Hi. I must be tired as I am sure I done this before but for the life of me I cannot get it this process to work...

(this is not an ecommerce website with URLs, just a simple page showing typs of products).

In the database I have two tables:
ProductsLink (this stores a value from the categories table)


I have set up a page where there are 6 product categories and they all display on screen using a regular repeat region.

Now under each of those categoies I wanted to display all products relating to that categories.

I have tried many different recordsets using different JOIN methods etc and just cannot get it to work.

Just wanted to know what im missing :(

Here are some code snippets

"SELECT * FROM categories INNER JOIN products ON products.ProductsLink = categories.CategoriesID"


<?php do { ?>
<div class="product"<?php echo(($row_count%3==0)?' style="margin-right=0;"':' style="margin-right:22px"'); ?>>
<div class="prod-hdr">
<p><?php echo $row_rsProducts['CategoriesName']; ?></p>
<div class="prod-img"><img src="photos/<?php echo $row_rsProducts['CategoriesPhoto']; ?>" alt="cookshop and kitchenware products" width="278" height="186"></div>
<div class="prod-itm">
<li><?php echo $row_rsProducts['ProductsName']; ?></li>
<?php } while ($row_rsProducts = mysql_fetch_assoc($rsProducts)); ?>

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

What I usually do in this case is instead of doing any JOINs at all, just create two recordsets with just single table references and have one filter off the other inside the repeated region.

So the steps might be:

1) Create your category recordset
2) Create your products recordset filtered with a url parameter ($_GET["CategoryID"] for intstance)
3) Create your category repeat region (done);
4) Create your products repeat region (note: DW won't let you nest, so you can create it below and copy and paste to move the product repeated region into the category repeated region.
5) Copy and paste the products recordset code into the category repeated region as well.
6) Add this code above the products recordset inside the category repeated region:
<?php $_GET["CategoryID"] = $row_rsCategories["CategoryID"]; ?>

That should do it and will allow more flexibility than you might have trying to do it with a single repeat region and joins.

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Christopher WestCommunity Expert

Thanks Ray that worked like a charm :) I was on the right track with one of my initial attempts in terms of referencing a URL variable (but since no URL variables were being passed I couldnt work it out...however I didnt think to assign a local variable to a URL variable so thats how its done :)



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