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The 'Get Many Where' Method

The 'Get Many Where' Method

The 'Get Many Where' method is for fetching rows of data from a database table. It accepts the following parameters:

  • $column (required) - the name of the table column referred to when results are fetched.
  • $value (required) - the value that should be matched against the target table column.
  • $target_table (optional) - the name of the database table to be queried. By default, the Model will assume the target table to be equal to the value on the first URL segment.

Top Tip
Use PHP's inbuilt var_dump() method whenever you need to clarify the variable types from a given results set.

What Gets Returned?


If matching records are found then a PHP array will be returned where each item on the array represents a row from a database table. Each row, within the array, will be a PHP object.


If the query fails to find any matching records then an empty array will be returned.

Example 1

The syntax below shows the simplest Get Many Where example possible.  In this example, we are passing in a column name of 'first_name' and a value of 'Bruce'.

$rows = $this->model->get_many_where('first_name', 'Bruce');

The code above will produce the following SQL query:

SELECT * from tablename WHERE first_name = 'Bruce'

Just To Let You Know
In a working example, 'tablename' would be replaced with the first segment from the URL.

Below is an example of a Members.php controller file that contains a test() method.  Here we're invoking a basic 'Get Many Where' command and then immediately displaying the results using Trongate's json() method:

class Members extends Trongate {

    function test() {
        $rows = $this->model->get_many_where('first_name', 'Bruce');

Below shows an example of the kind of output that we can expect to see from the above method, when Debug Mode is switched on:


Example 2

Below is a more advanced example:

$rows = $this->model->get_many_where('type', 'Trout', 'fish');

The code above would produce the following SQL query:

SELECT * FROM fish WHERE type = 'Trout'


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