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    newbie help

    Just starting to experiment with php and mysql but I know very little about either. I'm not asking for someone to do the work for me just some guidance in the right direction.

    Basically I have a mysql database which is populated automatically every 60 seconds with current air temperature, set temperature, date/time, events etc. and what I want to do is have my web page display the latest information available.

    There are 5 tables for various different things. they are comfort, events, temperatures, settings and timer.

    In the tables I am interested in (events and temperatures) I have fields for time, class, and status in events and time, airtemp, settemp and comfort in temperatures.

    I have managed to have it fetch the "latest" airtemp and settemp however not sure if I have done this the long way by first doing a SELECT max(time) FROM temperatures, setting that as $maxtime and then doing a SELECT airtemp FROM temperatures WHERE time=$maxtime. Is this a long winded way to achieve this?

    My other problem is i want to find the latest of a certain class in events and report its status but cant get anything to work to achieve that.

    Any help or advice would be very much appreciated.


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    The easiest way to get the latest row from something is just do to:

    select * from table order by id desc limit 1
    You can replace the id column in the order by with time or anything else if you don't have an auto-incrementing primary key...although you should in this case.

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    And it's hard to tell for sure, but I think what you need for "latest of a certain class in events" is something like
    SELECT * FROM events WHERE class='whatever' ORDER BY id DESC LIMIT 1
    Or, if you have a timestamp on each record, I would use
    SELECT * FROM events WHERE class='whatever' ORDER BY timestampfield DESC LIMIT 1
    I would personally favor a timestamp field over an auto_increment id field, as it gives you much more usable information. But if you do have such a field, you would want to create an index on it or your ORDER BY will have miserable performance. From that standpoint, an auto_increment field that is the primary key will be better, even if less usable.
    Be yourself. No one else is as qualified.

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