php - How to get add, edit, next & previous buttons on HTML form



First of all, you should ensure that you have a column for the record ID that's anINTEGER, aPRIMARY KEY, and set toAUTOINCREMENT, let's call this `recordID`.

Let's take an example person table schema:

    firstName VARCHAR(140) NOT NULL,
    middleNames VARCHAR(250),
    lastName VARCHAR(140) NOT NULL,
    dateOfBirth DATE NOT NULL

To query the first record, we can do:

SELECT * FROM people WHERE recordID = 1;

Now to edit the record, we can do:

UPDATE people SET firstName="NewName" WHERE recordID = 1;

Next we build an HTML form to display/edit this data in.

<form action="#" method="post">
    <input type="text" readonly="readonly" name="recordID" id="recordID" />
    <input type="text" name="firstName" id="firstName" />
    <input type="text" name="middleNames" id="middleNames" />
    <input type="text" name="lastName" id="lastName" />
    <input type="date" name="dateOfBirth" id="dateOfBirth" />
    <input type="submit" />

Last of all you create some next and previous buttons to traverse through the records and populate the input fields, and then an edit button that sends the data to the server for it to update the database.

If you're feeling extravagant, you could use SQL'sINSERT INTO ... ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE. E.g.:

INSERT INTO people (firstName, lastName, middleNames, dateOfBirth) VALUES (?, ?, ?, ?) ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE firstName="?", lastName="?", middleNames="?", dateOfBirth="?";

In order to do an "in-place edit", you could add a variable to the querystring. For example, if you want to edit recordID = 3, you could have the URL as:

On the serverside you can check for edit by usingisset($_GET['edit']). If that returns true, than run your edit code and populate the fields/enable the edit functionality.

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