I'm trying to convert this to using a $wpdb class. It will return all the enums possible and i have to use this $wpdb due to mysql_query giving me weird error (no database selected) Code is following

function getEnumValues($table, $field)
    $enum_array = array();
    $query = 'SHOW COLUMNS FROM `' . $table . '` LIKE "' . $field . '"';
    $result = mysql_query($query);

    if($result === FALSE) {
    die(mysql_error()); }

    $row = mysql_fetch_row($result);
    preg_match_all('/\'(.*?)\'/', $row[1], $enum_array);
      //Shift array keys to match original enumerated index in MySQL (allows for use of index values instead of strings)
      foreach($enum_array[1] as $mkey => $mval) $enum_fields[$mkey+1] = $mval;
      return $enum_fields;
      return array(); // Return an empty array to avoid possible errors/warnings if array is passed to foreach() without first being checked with !empty().

Afterwards I have to use this code snippet to read them out

            $enums = getEnumValues("property", "form_field_type");
            foreach($enums as $enum){
                  echo '<input type = "radio" name = "form_field_type" value = "'.$enum.'">';
                  echo '<label for = "'.$enum.'"> '.$enum.'</label><br>';
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    of note, the mysql extension is deprecated, the mysql_query function and others will throw warnings in recent versions of PHP, and will fail completely in the newest versions ( the extension was removed in favour of mysqli and PDO ) – Tom J Nowell Dec 9 '15 at 3:13

You can query INFORMATION_SCHEMA and achieve the same:

function getEnumValues($table, $field)

    global $wpdb;

    $result = $wpdb->get_row("SELECT COLUMN_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS WHERE TABLE_SCHEMA = '" . DB_NAME . "' AND TABLE_NAME = '" . $table . "' AND COLUMN_NAME LIKE '" . $field . "'");

    if($result === FALSE) {

    // this is the column name

  • Hey if you have a datbase set in config.php that you want to work with, is setting the database name still required? – JediTricks007 Dec 10 '15 at 20:46
  • Good point, the database name is in a global named DB_NAME – Felix Dec 10 '15 at 21:15

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