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Hey everyone,

I hope you're all doing well. I am currently working on a PHP and MySQL project and could use some help. I am facing an issue with my SELECT query where I need to filter records based on multiple variables.

The scenario is that I have a table called "products" in my database, which has columns such as "product_name", "category", and "price". Now, I want to retrieve specific products based on the user's input.

For example, let's say the user wants to search for products that fall under the category "Electronics" and have a price less than $100. How can I construct the query to achieve this?

I am familiar with basic SELECT queries in MySQL, but I'm not sure how to handle multiple variables like this in PHP. Can anyone guide me on how to write a SELECT statement that considers multiple conditions (category and price in this case)?

I would really appreciate it if someone could provide me with a code snippet or an explanation that helps me understand how to achieve this. Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Best regards,
[Your Name]

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Hey there,

I've encountered a similar requirement in one of my PHP and MySQL projects, and I'd be happy to share my approach.

To address your need for selecting records based on multiple variables, you can utilize prepared statements in PHP to ensure security and efficiency. Here's how you can modify your query:

$category = "Electronics";
$price = 100;

$stmt = $mysqli->prepare("SELECT * FROM products WHERE category = ? AND price < ?");
$stmt->bind_param("si", $category, $price);

$result = $stmt->get_result();

In this example, I've used a prepared statement to safely handle user input. The `?` placeholders in the query will get replaced with the respective variables using the `bind_param()` method. The "s" and "i" indicate the types of the variables (string and integer, respectively).

Executing the statement using `execute()` will retrieve the desired records. Finally, you can obtain the result set using `get_result()`, allowing you to iterate over the matching rows.

Remember to establish a connection to your MySQL database using the `mysqli` extension before executing this code.

I hope this solution works for you! Feel free to reach out if you have any further questions.

Best regards,
[Your Name]


Hey [Your Name],

I've had a similar situation in the past while working on a PHP and MySQL project. I can definitely help you out!

To select records based on multiple variables, you can use the `WHERE` clause in your SQL query. In your case, you want to filter products based on both the "category" and "price" columns.

Here's an example of how you can construct your query:

$category = "Electronics";
$price = 100;

$query = "SELECT * FROM products WHERE category = '$category' AND price < $price";

In the above code, I've used variables `$category` and `$price` to store the user's input values. Then, the SQL query uses these variables to filter the records.

To explain it further, the `AND` operator is used to combine multiple conditions in the `WHERE` clause. It ensures that both the category and price conditions are met for a record to be selected.

Just make sure to sanitize and validate user input before using it in your query to prevent SQL injection and other security vulnerabilities.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you need any further clarification.

Best regards,
[Your Name]

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