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In this second part of his series, Alejandro Gervasio gets a little more technical with the basics of Aggregation. He begins working with a MySQL abstraction class and a useful paging class, and is starting to get into writing portable code and introducing the technique of aggregation.

  1. Object Interaction in PHP: Introduction to Aggregation, part 2
  2. Fetching data with class: the “MySQLConnector” class
  3. Adding Some Functionality to the Class
  4. Improving the “MySQLConnector class: adding row-counting methods
  5. Implementing the “MySQLConnector” class: a practical example
By: Alejandro Gervasio
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June 01, 2005

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As I said before, very often we need to count the number of rows returned by a SELECT query, in order to display paged result sets or implement another similar application. Also, it’s useful to know how many rows were affected by INSERT, UPDATE or DELETE statements. If we want to add these capabilities to our class, should we write the proper methods. Okay, the revamped version of the class looks as follows:

class MySQLConnector {
    var $conId; // connection identifier
    var $host; // MySQL host
    var $user; // MySQL username
    var $password; // MySQL password
    var $database; // MySQL database
    var $result; // result set
    // constructor
    function MySQLConnector($host,$user,$password,$database){
        // validate incoming parameters
        (!empty($host))?$this->host=$host:die('Host parameter not valid');
        (!empty($user))?$this->user=$user:die('User parameter not valid');
        (!empty($password))?$this->password=$password:die('Password parameter not valid');
        (!empty($database))?$this->database=$database:die('Database parameter not valid');
        // connect to MySQL and select database
    // connect to MYSQL server and select database
    function connectDB(){
        $this->conId=@mysql_connect($this->host,$this->user,$this->password) or die('Error connecting to the server '.mysql_error());
        @mysql_select_db($this->database,$this->conId) or die('Error selecting database');
    // perform query
    function performQuery($query){
        $this->result=@mysql_query($query,$this->conId) or die('Error performing query '.$query);
    // fetch row
    function fetchRow(){
        return mysql_fetch_array($this->result,MYSQL_ASSOC);
    // get number of rows
    function getNumRows(){
        return mysql_num_rows($this->result);
    // get number of affected rows
    function getAffectedRows(){
        return mysql_affected_rows($this->conId);
    // get ID from last inserted row
    function getInsertID(){
        return mysql_insert_id($this->conId);

At this point, we’re incorporate the “getNumRows()”, “getAffectedRows()” and “getInsertID” methods, respectively, to calculate the number of records returned after performing a SELECT statement, as well as to determine the number of records affected after an INSERT UPDATE or DELETE statement has being executed. Also, the class is able to calculate the ID (in case of havingAUTO_INCREMENT table fields) of the last row inserted in a table.

Of course, there may be more methods valid to be added to the class, but for the moment it’s more than enough. So, having completed the class definition, it’s time to look at a possible implementation. Just join me in the next example.

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