So, i'm having a bit of an issue with a plugin i'm developing, I wonder if anyone can shed any light on the situation, as many, MANY searches have come back with zero help. :-/

Basically, my plugin creates several custom entities in the wordpress database, which all work fine, I have added a shortcode function to add a form to a page to submit information, which, again, works fine.

My problem is, when I wish to retrieve data from said custom entities, and display them in the admin section of Wordpress (either in a dashboard widget, or a custom plugin page), it won't work. Full stop.

My sample function to retrieve the data is as follows;

function showApplicants(){
global $wpdb;

$appTable = $wpdb->prefix . "applications";
    $query = $wpdb->prepare("SELECT * FROM $appTable WHERE %d >= '0'", RID);
    $applications = $wpdb->get_results($query);

    foreach ( $applications as $application ) 
echo $application->title . " " . $application->app_firstName . " " . $application->app_surName . "<br/>";


Strangely, when this code is put on a page outside of the WordPress admin area (for example, a WordPress created page, via a shortcode function (which simply outputs this code), or on a page I create and add in myself with this code in the template), it works! Retrieving the correct information, and displaying it as expected.

Add it to a dashboard widget, no joy. Add it to a custom page within the admin section, again, no joy.

I'm stumped. Any advice?

P.S - To avoid any confusion, the $wpdb global is declared further up in the code, so no need to declare it again (although, I did try declaring it again within the function, and it still didn't work).

Any help would be very much appreciated!

Ta mucho!

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    $wpdb->prepare() needs at least two arguments, and yes, you need a global $wpdb in your function, and that function must be called after that variable has been set by WordPress. – fuxia Jan 10 '15 at 22:39
  • Ahh, sorted it! Complete code for anybody else with this issue below! Cheers toscho! – prettyfly Jan 10 '15 at 23:08

Working code for adding widget to wp dashboard with information from custom DB:

 * Add application widget to the dashboard.
function addApplicationWidget() {
                 'Submitted Applications',        
add_action( 'wp_dashboard_setup', 'addApplicationWidget' );

function showApplicants() {
    global $wpdb;

    $appTable = $wpdb->prefix . "applications";
    $query = $wpdb->prepare("SELECT * FROM $appTable WHERE %d >= '0'", RID);
    $applications = $wpdb->get_results($query);

    foreach ( $applications as $application ) {
        echo $application->title . " " . $application->app_firstName . " " . $application->app_surName . "<br/>";
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