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Very new to PHP so please be patient.

I've got an SQL query that pulls products from a table and I need to display them in categories:

category 1
product 1
product 2
product 3
category 2
product 1
product 2
product 3


I've followed a few tutorials/posts but cant get the data displaying.

Thanks for any help.

So Far I have this:

$sql = "
        `jos_vm_product_category_xref` JVPCX
    INNER JOIN `jos_vm_product` JVP
        ON JVPCX.`product_id` = JVP.`product_id`
$res = mysql_query($sql);
$list = array();
while ( $r = mysql_fetch_object( $res ) )
    if ( ! isset( $list[ $r->category_id ] ) )
        $list[ $r->category_id ] = array();

    $list[ $r->category_id ][ $r->product_id ] = array(
        'SKU'     => $r->product_sku,
        'Description' => $r->product_s_desc,

The output is:

Array ( [5] => Array ( [1] => Array ( [SKU] => EASY819-AC-RC [Description] => ) [3] => Array ( [SKU] => EASY819-DC-RC [Description] => ) [2] => Array ( [SKU] => EASY819-AC-RCX [Description] => ) ) [6] => Array ( [4] => Array ( [SKU] => EASY719-AB-RC [Description] => ) [5] => Array ( [SKU] => EASY719-AB-RCX [Description] => ) ) )


As I stated above I am trying to achieve:

category 1
product 1
product 2
product 3
category 2
product 1
product 2
product 3

Thanks for the advice.
Updated 27-Feb-12 7:56am
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov 27-Feb-12 12:49pm
The problem is not that you are a novice. The problem is that you don't ask a question. You did not even explain how the result should look, exactly. When you enter the question text, you can use HTML.

You should write the code, not try to find anything in manuals. Write it and ask a question if you face any problems. Use "Improve question" above.
wizardzz 27-Feb-12 15:39pm
I think you might want to use Group By?
Paul Hayman 27-Feb-12 15:43pm
Thanks for the help, but I don't think group by is the answer. Doesn't this group the rows into one? I need separate lines with products not a summary.
wizardzz 27-Feb-12 15:55pm
Nevermind, my bad.
Paul Hayman 27-Feb-12 16:00pm
Hmm yeah I see your point. I thought it would be fairly straightforward to get the data into and array which I think i've done and then do a kind nested loop but I'm very new to PHP....
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov 27-Feb-12 21:28pm
Basically, you are right. This is a matter of 1) traversing the data set object obtained as a result of the call to mysql_fetch_object; 2) classification of the data set elements into categories; 3) pure string manipulations used to generate HTML visually representing classified structure.

I don't see any special technical "secrets" here. This is just a matter of some work to be done.
On the "R&D stage", you can work with var_dump, as shown in the code sample:


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