Re: Another PDO ?

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Jim Giner wrote:
On 9/10/2012 10:49 AM, Bastien Koert wrote:
On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 9:48 AM, Jim Giner <jim.giner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Reading up on the pdostatement class.  Wondering what the intent of the
columnCount function is.  I mean, aren't the number of columns in a result
known when you write the query?  Granted, you might have some very complex
query that you may not know the number, but for most queries you will know
the columns you are expecting.  So - what am I not seeing?

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It might be for those cases where you run a select * from ...

But - again - one already knows how many fields are in that table when one
writes the query...

You do not necessarily KNOW how many fields. You know how many fields should be in the version of the database you are coding for, so any difference would flag a problem. Also you may not ACTUALLY have the schema for a database in which case a count of the fields found is useful for further processing those fields.

Another area is when you are working with fabricated joined queries where duplicate field names between tables will give a reduced number of final fields in the result.

Of cause it IS often better to work with named fields rather than using '*' which does allow better handing of the process anyway.

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