another beginning SQL/Rev question

Charles Hartman charles.hartman at
Sun Oct 9 16:07:32 EDT 2005

On Oct 9, 2005, at 2:26 PM, Charles Hartman wrote:

> Something I don't understand about the revExecuteSQL command. I  
> open my MySQL database and get an id. Now, to make later steps more  
> general purposes, I'd like to ask the database for the structure of  
> one of its tables (number of columns, column names) rather than  
> hardwiring that into the Rev front-end. So I should be able to  
> create a
>     global myArray
> and then with my dbID in hand,
>     revExecuteSQL dbID, "show columns in myTable", "myArray"
> (taking care to put quotes around myArray as the docs say).
> Trouble is, nothing shows up in myArray, or anywhere else as far as  
> I can see. Using a variable (or several) instead of myArray doesn't  
> help, neither does putting some dummy stuff ("") into myArray[1],  
> myArray[2], etc., ahead of time.
> What am I not understanding?
> Charles Hartman

I also notice that if I run that revExecuteSQL command (with no  
apparent result) and then put something like "select firstnames,  
lastname from person" into tQuery and try to run revQueryDatabase  
using that, I get a "commands out of sync" execution error. If I  
comment out the earlier revExecuteSQL, then the later  
revQueryDatabase works fine. What's going on there??

Charles Hartman

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