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  1. #1
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    Trying to create a hyperlink

    I am pulling data from a database and displaying it in a simple table.
    My goal is to figure out how to be able to click on one of the 2 table headers, and make the page reload, sorting on the column selected.

    I am first of all trying to figure out to make the headers into "hyperlinks". I cannot figure it out.

    Here is my code, and I would appreciate any help or advice. Thank you.

            // get results from database 
            $result = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM mytable ")  
                    or die(mysql_error());   
            // display data in table                
            echo "<table border='1' cellpadding='10'>"; 
            echo "<tr><th>Last Name</th><th>First Name</th></tr>"; 
            // loop through results of database query, displaying them in the table 
           	$count= 0;
    	    while($row = mysql_fetch_array( $result )) { 
    	  // echo out the contents of each row into a table 
    	             echo "<tr>";
    				 echo '<td width="100">' . $row['nameLast'] . '</td>';
    				 echo '<td width="100">' . $row['nameFirst'] . '</td>';
                     echo "</tr>";   
            echo "</table>"; 

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    Okay, this is really 90% a PHP question and only 10% MySQL.

    And I don't use PHP. So bear with me if I make a couple of PHP typos.
    <!-- don't use PHP to write out large blocks of HTML -->
    <!-- makes it harder to read, harder to write, and tiny bit slower -->
    <table border="1"' cellpadding="10">; 
        <th><a href="thispage.php?by=nameLast">Last Name</a></th>
        <th><a href="thispage.php?by=nameFirst">First Name</a></th>
    // make you db connection here ...
    $orderby = $_GET["by"];
    if ( ! isset($orderby) || ( $orderby != "nameLast" && $orderby != "nameFirst" ) ) 
        $orderby = "nameLast"; // or whatever default you choose
    // get results from database 
    $result = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM mytable ORDER BY $orderby ")  
                    or die(mysql_error());   
    ... rest the same ...
    Be yourself. No one else is as qualified.

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    Thanks Old Pendant. I appreciate your taking the time. Makes perfect sense once someone shows you!


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