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File: example_filter.php
Role: Example script
Content type: text/plain
Description: How to search in a CSV table
Class: TM::MyCSV
Manage CSV files like database tables
Author: By
Last change: Accessible without user login
Date: 5 years ago
Size: 2,150 bytes


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 * This example script for the TM::MyCSV class shows how to perform a search on
 * a table. In SQL this is known as WHERE. There is no method in the class to do
 * this. This is intended. PHP is a lot more powerfull to perform complex search
 * queries.
 * @author Thiemo Mättig (

// Include the class so we can create table objects.

// Create an empty table object or read the file example.csv if such a file
// exists. We do not use write() so the file example.csv is never created.
$table = new MyCSV("example");

// We need to use a constant seed for the random number generator because we
// want the same list of strings every time.
// Create random strings and add them to the table.
for ($i = 0; $i < 100; $i++)
$table->insert(array('text' => str_shuffle("abcdefgxyz")));

// Check if the user entered something in the search form.
$q = isset($_REQUEST['q']) ? stripslashes($_REQUEST['q']) : "";
// Clean up the query a little bit.
$q = trim($q);

// Display the search form.
echo '<form action="' . $_SERVER['PHP_SELF'] . '" method="get">';
'<input name="q" type="text" value="' . htmlspecialchars($q) . '"> ';
'<input type="submit" value="Search">';

'<p>Search results:</p>';

// Walk through all table rows, ordered by ID by default.
while ($row = $table->each())
// This is how the filter is done:
    // - First, check if a search should be performed. If the query string is
    // empty, the other comparisons are skipped and the row is displayed.
    // - Second, check if the user entered one of the ID numbers.
    // - Third, check if the query string can be found in the text field.
if (empty($q) ||
$row['id'] == $q ||
stristr($row['text'], $q))
// Even if the IDs are numbers by default, always quote HTML characters!
echo 'Row #' . htmlspecialchars($row['id']) . ': ';