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The fetchLike() method in action - PHP

In most cases, the implementation of the active record pattern in PHP (and other programming languages too) is carried out through a few data mapper objects, which are used to perform CRUD operations on a group of targeted database tables. This seven-part article series describes the advantages of using the active record pattern in a variety of situations, and shows you how to do it.

  1. The LIKE Clause and the Active Record Pattern
  2. Review: conditional SELECT queries with the active record pattern
  3. Working with LIKE clauses
  4. The fetchLike() method in action
By: Alejandro Gervasio
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March 24, 2009

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In the previous section, I explained how to aggregate a new method to the sample “MySQL” class to provide it with the capacity for performing SELECT statements that include a LIKE clause. However, the best way for you to understand how this enhanced version of the class functions is by means of a concrete example.

With that idea in mind, I’m going to use the sample “users” MySQL table created in a previous tutorial of this series, which looked like this:

Now that the above MySQL table is available for testing purposes, here’s a simple example that shows how to use the “fetchLike()” method defined earlier to fetch all the users whose first names contain the “a” character:


// connect to MySQL and select a database

$db=new MySQL('host','user','password','mydatabase');

// display users where first name contains the 'a' character


foreach($result as $row){

echo $row['firstname'].' '.$row['lastname'].' '.$row['email'].'<br />';


/* displays the following

Alejandro Gervasio alejandro@domain.com
Susan Norton susan@domain.com
Marian Wilson marian@domain.com
Mary Smith mary@domain.com
Amanda Bears amanda@domain.com
Laura Linney laura@domain.com
Alice Dern alice@domain.com



catch(Exception $e){

echo $e->getMessage();



Undoubtedly, you’ll have to agree with me that the above example is very simple to grasp, since it uses the aforementioned “fetchLike()” method to perform a basic SELECT query that includes the LIKE clause. Obviously, regardless of its simplicity, the example is helpful for illustrating how to use the active record approach to execute different types of queries by means of a simplified, abstract interface.

As usual, feel free to introduce your own modifications to the code samples included in this tutorial. Doing this will surely give you a more solid grounding in using this popular design pattern in PHP 5.

Final thoughts

In this fourth chapter of the series, you hopefully learned how to use a basic MySQL abstraction class to perform SELECT statements in conjunction with simple LIKE clauses via the active record approach. As you saw before, this process only required coding a straightforward method and putting it to work. It was that simple, really.

In the forthcoming episode, I’m going to demonstrate how to utilize the same “MySQL” class coded earlier for running SELECT queries that contain a LIMIT clause.

The topic will be juicy, so if you wish to master it in a few steps, then don’t miss the next part!

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