Once you have a query object built, either through a parameterized statement or through the builder, you must then execute() the query and retrieve the results. Depending on the query type used, the results returned will vary.


[DB::select] will return a [Database_Result] object which you can then iterate over. This example shows how you can iterate through the [Database_Result] using a foreach.

$results = DB::select()->from('users')->where('verified', '=', 0)->execute();
foreach($results as $user)
	// Send reminder email to $user['email']
	echo $user['email']." needs to verify his/her account\n";

Select - as_object() and as_assoc()

When iterating over a result set, the default type will be an associative array with the column names or aliases as the keys. As an option, before calling execute(), you can specify to return the result rows as an object by using the as_object() method. The as_object() method takes one parameter, the name of the class of your choice, but will default to TRUE which uses the stdClass. Here is the example again using stdClass.

$results = DB::select()->from('users')->where('verified', '=', 0)->as_object()->execute();
foreach($results as $user)
	// Send reminder email to $user->email
	echo $user->email." needs to verify his/her account\n";

[!!] The method as_assoc() will remove the object name and return the results set back to an associative array. Since this is the default, this method is seldom required.

Select - as_array()

Sometimes you will require the results as a pure array rather than as an object. The Database_Result method as_array() will return an array of all rows.

$results = DB::select('id', 'email')->from('users')->execute();
$users = $results->as_array();
foreach($users as $user)
	echo 'User ID: '.$user['id'];
	echo 'User Email: '.$user['email'];

It also accepts two parameters that can be very helpful: $key and $value. When passing a value to $key you will index the resulting array by the column specified.

$results = DB::select('id', 'email')->from('users')->execute();
$users = $results->as_array('id');
foreach($users as $id => $user)
	echo 'User ID: '.$id;
	echo 'User Email: '.$user['email'];

The second parameter, $value, will reference the column specified and return that value rather than the whole row. This is particularly useful when making <select> dropdowns.

$results = DB::select('id', 'name')->from('users')->execute();
$users = $results->as_array('id','name');
// Show a dropdown with all users in it.
echo Form::select('author', $users)

To return a non-associative array, leave $key as NULL and just pass a $value.

$results = DB::select('email')->from('users')->execute();
$users = $results->as_array(NULL, 'email');
foreach($users as $email)
	echo 'User Email: '.$email;

Select - get()

Sometime you only want a single value from a query. The get() method returns the value of the named column from the current row. The second parameter, $default, is used to supply a default value when the result is NULL.

$total_users = DB::select(array(DB::expr('COUNT(`username`)'), 'total_users'))->from('users')->execute()->get('total_users', 0);

Select - cached()

The mysql database driver returns a Database_Result that works with a MySQL Resource data type. Since this resource lives outside of PHP environment, it can’t be serialized which means it also can’t be cached. To get around this the Database_Result object has the cached() method that returns a Database_Result_Cached object of the result set. The Database_Result_Cached can be serialized and cached, but can take up more memory.

[!!] NOTE: Currently, the PDO diver always returns a class of Database_Result_Cached, so cached() just returns itself.

The cached() function doesn’t actually do any caching, it simply returns the result in a way that can be serialized and cached. You will need to use the Cache Module or some other caching method.

Select - count()

The Database_Result object implements the Countable Interface. The method count() returns the total row count in the result set.

[!!] NOTE: This is the count of the current result set, not a count of how many records are in the database. This is important to point out especially when using limit() and offset() in your query.

[!!] For a complete list of methods available when working with a result set see [Database_Result].


[DB::insert] returns an array of two values: the last insert id and the number of affected rows.

$insert = DB::insert('tools')
	->columns(array('name', 'model', 'description'))
	->values(array('Skil 3400 10" Table Saw', '3400', 'Powerful 15 amp motor; weighs just 54-pounds'));
list($insert_id, $affected_rows) = $insert->execute();

Update & Delete

[DB::update] and [DB::delete] both return the number of affected rows as an integer.

$rows_deleted = DB::delete('tools')->where('model', 'like', '3400')->execute();

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