[development] Programmatically creating SQL queries
larry at garfieldtech.com
Sat Mar 12 06:33:00 UTC 2011
The answer depends heavily on your Drupal version.
In Drupal 7, there is a dynamic query builder built right into the system for
exactly that purpose:
In Drupal 7, that is the one and only way you should be building dynamic
queries. (But if you don't need a dynamic query, just use db_query() as it is
In Drupal 6, as another responder said you need to build the SQL string
yourself and an array of placeholder values, then call db_query() with its
$sql = "...";
$values = array(1, 2, 3);
$result = db_query($sql, $values);
You should also look into this function if you need to build, say, an IN
(That will wrap in your mail client. Sorry.)
That is the only way you should be building dynamic queries.
 Except for a few very strange edge cases where you may need to do
something else, but odds are if you hit one of those you did something else
On Friday, March 11, 2011 7:33:13 am Andy Fowlston wrote:
> Hi all,
> Is there a preferred way in Drupal to programmatically create SQL queries?
> Currently I'm building a query to pull some webform data from selected
> component fields. I see a few choices:
> 1. Build the query with db_query() placeholders, build an argument array,
> and make the call using call_user_func_array().
> 2. Use sprintf() to build up a complete string, and pass that directly to
> 3. Use other functions to sanitise the arguments.
> Is there any preferred method? Guessing number 2...
> . . . . . . .
> Andy Fowlston
> +44 (0)20 8747 5068
> andy at pedalo.co.uk
> Skype: andy.pedalo
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