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Pointer in the right direction required

Thread began 9/11/2009 9:30 am by John Langer | Last modified 9/14/2009 3:02 pm by John Langer | 2228 views | 6 replies |

John LangerBeta Tester

Pointer in the right direction required


I'm assuming that Dynamic Dropdowns will be involved here, hence posting in this forum.

This is what I want to do. I'd be grateful of some pointers in the right direction.

The overall view is that members of a site can create a mailing list. (This I've done). I then want the member who has created the list to then be able to choose other members of the site to add to the list to be a recipient of the emails.

So The member creates the list (this is done) and then moves to the next page taking the listID with them.

Here, I'd like them to see a list of other members and to be able to pick them and add them to the listMembers table.

The table for the mailing list is:

mailingListID (Auto increment)
name (The name of the list)

The people table has

peopleID (auto increment)

the listMembers table has

listMembersID (auto increment)
MailingListID (this is the ID of the mailing list (Foreign Key))
peopleID (this is the ID of the member (Foreign Key))

So you arrive on the page with the mailingListID parameter, see list of other members from the People Table, pick the ones you want and have them added to the table listMembers. So it will add from one to 100 (or more) records to the listMembers table.

The layout of the tables is inherited from the previous site and already has data so it would be difficult to alter these tables.

The result in MySql would look like this

listMember table

listMemberID MailingListID peopleID

1 88 23
2 88 56
3 88 78
and so on

I'm assuming that Dynamic Dropdowns would do this but as yet have been unable to actually get it to work :(

Then the plan is to use dataAssist to insert the records. But I also want to be able to edit the "listMembers" it just seems to get more and more complicated...

Could someone just give me some structure to work to.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

Create a recordset to pull all of the records from the people table.

We will need to have at least the peopleID and email address.

Add two multi select lists to your page, the first one will be set to be dynamic and use the people recordset. Set the label to the email address and the value to the peopleID column.

name the second select list "people[]"

You will then add a button to the form, not be submit buttons, just standard button:
<input name="button" type="button" id="button">

Select it in design view, and on the Behaviors panel, use the Dynamic Dropdowns Add Value From Source List to Target List behavior.

Also add a submit button to the page.

This will have a select list that gives you the ability to chose the people you want and add them tho the people select list. Since the name of the people select list is "people[]" it will create an array of all of the selections.

assuming you are storing the mailingListID value in a hidden form element named mailingListID, you would need to hand code the insert record behavior to loop through the array, something like:


if(isset($_POST["people"]) && is_array($_POST["people"])) {
$count count($_POST["people"]);
$i 0$i $count$i++) {
$sql "INSERT INTO listMember (MailingListID, peopleID) VALUES(".$_POST["mailingListID"].", ".$_POST["people"][$i].")";
$Result1 mysql_query($sql$localhost) or die(mysql_error());
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John LangerBeta Tester

Thanks Jason, I'll give that a try and let you know how I get on.

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John LangerBeta Tester

Well, it all works fine until I get to the bit about inserting into database. That doesn't work.

I've spent about 8 hours now trying all sorts of things but nothing seems to work. I can display the emails and choose them. Add them to the target list, click submit and the page refreshes but nothing gets placed in the database.

I know it's the weekend so Jason won't be seeing this until Monday so can anyone else help please? My deadline is Monday so I'm in a bit of a state!!

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John LangerBeta Tester


It's OK, forget my request it all works. I had no idea that you had to select the items again in the target list. It was only reading another forum post (he made the same omission) that I realised that that had to be done.

8 hours for a stupid lapse!! Oh well, you live and learn.

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John LangerBeta Tester

Continuing on from this I now have a problem with the SQL


I have three recordsets on the page (all created through DW server behaviours)

The aim is to have a list of people to choose from (see above) but exclude those that appear in another list.

So the first recordset gains it's ID from a previous page and the ID is given through a URL parameter "../add_to_list/add_member_to_list.php?listID= ) This gives the result of "95" in my testing instance.

Recordset name = rsList
SELECT id, name
FROM bbc_lists
WHERE id = colname

integer -1
runtime value = $_GET['listID']

This is tested and works.

The second recordset takes that ID and lists all the people who are already in it

Recordset name = rsListMembers
SELECT person_id, list_id, id
FROM bbc_listmembers
WHERE list_id = colname

colname =
integer -1
runtime value= $row_rsList['id']

tested and works.

The third recordset is the one that is proving troublesome. It is supposed to list the people (which it does) but not those that appear in the second recordset

Recordset name = rsPeople
SELECT id, firstname, lastname, realmail
FROM bbc_people
WHERE id <> colname
ORDER BY lastname ASC

colname =
integer -1
runtime value = $row_rsListMembers['person_id']

The rsListMembers recordset returns two "people" (in my testing scenario)

The result of running the third recorset is that the first person to appear in the list is omitted (correctly) but the second person remains. So it would appear that it doesn't "run through" the table to get to the second name. It stops after reaching the first one.

I'm sure it's something simple but it baffles me.

Any help, as always, most appreciated.

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John LangerBeta Tester


Steven Seiller over at CMX solved this for me. Seems you need a sub-select

SELECT, bbc_people.firstname, bbc_people.lastname, bbc_people.realmail
FROM bbc_people
WHERE NOT IN (SELECT bbc_listmembers.person_id FROM bbc_listmembers WHERE bbc_listmembers.list_id = MMColParam)
ORDER BY lastname ASC

MMColParam = $row_bbc_listmembers['list_id']

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