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Our Tag Board Functions! - PHP

Tag boards enable users to leave a short message on your site without having to go through the trouble of registering. From a development point of view, they are actually rather simple to develop. In this article we will create a quick and easy tag board for any web site. We will be taking advantage of the php and MySQL technologies.

  1. Building a Quick and Easy Tag Board
  2. Did Anyone Say MySQL?
  3. Our Tag Board Script
  4. What Makes Our Tag Board Tick?
  5. Our Tag Board Functions!
  6. Retrieval and Sorting of Tags
  7. Results
  8. doBoard() Function
  9. doInsert() Function
  10. Ensuring Data Submitted Does Not Fail
  11. Inserting into the Tag Board
By: Haiden Taylor
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November 03, 2004

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We had to design our functions to achieve certain requirements. Those requirements are as follows:

 Retrieve tags
 Sort tags by date
 Report an error if one is encountered or if no tags exist in the database
 Display HTML formatted tags
 Create the HTML for the page with the inclusion of an inline frame (iframe)
 Include form for users to add a new tag
 Insert Posted data from form into database
 Add slashes to ensure database integrity
 Check for data in required fields (name, entry) and prompt user if null
 Insert into table and check whether successful

Now that we have identified our requirements, we can see a basic pattern of functions we are going to need. I have listed these below:

 doTags() Retrieve, sort and report any errors encountered;
 doBoard() - Create the HTML page for the tag board including the iframe; and
 doInsert() Insert posted data into database, adding slashes, checking for required fields and finally checking the success of the action.

So let's have a look at our function in greater detail. First off, doTags():

function doTags()
$conx = mysql_connect(HOST, USER, PASS) or die("Unable to connect to MySQL Server");
mysql_select_db(DB) or die("Unable to select Database");

$stSql = "SELECT tag_name, tag_url, tag_entry, tag_date FROM tagboard ORDER BY tag_date DESC";
$arrResult = @mysql_query($stSql);
if (!$arrResult) { echo "Query Failed - Unable to Retrieve tags - ".mysql_error()." Action Aborted"; exit(); }

if (mysql_num_rows($arrResult) >= 1)

while ($arrRow = mysql_fetch_assoc($arrResult))
<table align="center" width="100%" bgcolor="#FFFFFF">
<td><a href="<? echo stripslashes($arrRow['tag_url']); ?>"><? echo stripslashes($arrRow['tag_name']); ?></a></td>
<td><? echo nl2br(stripslashes($arrRow['tag_entry'])); ?></td>
<td><span style="font-family: verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 9px; color: #666666"> <? echo date("F j, Y, g:i a", $arrRow['tag_date']); ?></span></td>
} else {
<p style="font-family: verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 11px; background-color: #FFFFFF">No entries to display</p>

A reasonably easy to navigate function - I will run you through how this function went about achieving its requirements.

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