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Error: INSERT INTO 'student' ('student_num', 'last_name', 'first_name', 'middle_init') VALUES ('2018-03829', 'Cacayuran', 'Alexis', 'A')
You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MariaDB server version for the right syntax to use near ''student' ('student_num', 'last_name', 'first_name', 'middle_init') VALUES (...' at line 1

What I have tried:

PHP Code

$servername = "localhost";
$username = "root";
$password = "";
$dbname = "program_checklist";
$conn = mysqli_connect($servername, $username, $password, $dbname);

if ($conn->connect_error){
	die("Connection failed: ".$conn->connect_error);
echo "Connected succesfully<br>";

$a = $_POST['studentnum'];
$b = $_POST['lastname'];
$c = $_POST['firstname'];
$d = $_POST['middleinit'];

$insertsql = 
"INSERT INTO 'student' ('student_num', 'last_name', 'first_name', 'middle_init')
VALUES ('$a', '$b', '$c', '$d')";

if ($conn->query($insertsql) === TRUE){
	echo "New record created succesfully";
	echo "Error: ".$insertsql."<br>".$conn->error;



<!DOCTYPE html>
	<title>Student Checklist</title>
	<form action="submit.php" method="post">
		Student Number:<br>
		<input type="text" name="studentnum"><br>

		Last Name:<br>
		<input type="text" name="lastname"><br>

		First Name:<br>
		<input type="text" name="firstname"><br>

		Middle Initial:<br>
		<input type="text" name="middleinit"><br><br>

		<input type="submit" value="Submit">

Updated 14-Nov-20 1:54am
Richard MacCutchan 14-Nov-20 7:52am
Try without the quotes on the table and column names:
$insertsql = 
"INSERT INTO student (student_num, last_name, first_name, middle_init)
VALUES ('$a', '$b', '$c', '$d')";
Richard Deeming 16-Nov-20 4:49am
Your code is vulnerable to SQL Injection[^]. NEVER use string concatenation / interpolation to build a SQL query. ALWAYS use a parameterized query.

PHP: SQL Injection - Manual[^]
PHP: Prepared statements and stored procedures - Manual[^]

1 solution

You have an error in your SQL syntax

Pay attention to use usage of backticks (`)in sql queries, very similar to quotes ('), but different.
How to use Backticks and quotes when querying a MySQL database[^]

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