Josh Z Josh Z - 1 month ago 4
MySQL Question

PHP Count Arrays from MySQL counts Incorrectly

I am having trouble correctly counting elements within the array that I pulled from my database. Please see my code below:

// Create connection
$conn = mysqli_connect($servername, $username, $password, $dbname);

// Check connection
if (!$conn)
die("Connection failed: " . mysqli_connect_error());
echo "Connected successfully!";

$query = $conn -> query("Select distinct Race from Races");
while($race[] = $query->fetch_object());

//Check how many elements are within our query
$racecount = count($race);
echo "<br>" . $racecount . "<br><br>";
$racecount = count($race,COUNT_RECURSIVE);
echo "<br>" . $racecount . "<br><br>";


echo "<br><br><br>";

Using both type count() in both ways yields the same result of "4". However, please see the result from my var_dump.

array(4) { [0]=> object(stdClass)#3 (1) { ["Race"]=> string(5) "Human" } [1]=> object(stdClass)#4 (1) { ["Race"]=> string(7) "Vampire" } [2]=> object(stdClass)#5 (1) { ["Race"]=> string(5) "Demon" } [3]=> NULL }

Var_dump shows that it is an array with 4 elements within it. So count was correct, it's just not giving me the number that I'm looking for.

Thus, I have three questions.

1) How do I count my elements correctly?

2) Could someone explain to me why this reads as 4 elements?

3) Is my array not multi-dimensional? (since both counts yield the same result of 4)

Best Regards and Thanks in advance,



The reason is actually pretty straight forward. When inserting data into your array using while($race[] = $query->fetch_object()) you always insert the final $query->fetch_object() which is gonna be equal to null. That is when you exit your while loop. Thus, your array's last item will always be null, just like in your own var_dump.

One way to fix this would simply to subtract 1 from your result. Another way would be to implement inserting like this:

$race = [];
while($row = $query->fetch_object()) {
    array_push($race , $row);

The best way to count however would be by simply executing an SQL COUNT command:

$query = $conn->query("SELECT COUNT(DISTINCT Race) FROM Races");