(PHP 3 >= 3.0.4, PHP 4, PHP 5)
ifx_prepare -- Prepare an SQL-statement for execution
( string query, int conn_id [, int cursor_def, mixed blobidarray] )
Returns an integer result_id for use by
affected_rows for retrieval by the
Prepares query on connection
conn_id. For "select-type" queries a
cursor is declared and opened. The optional
cursor_type parameter allows you to make
this a "scroll" and/or "hold" cursor. It's a bitmask and can be
either IFX_SCROLL, IFX_HOLD, or both or'ed together.
For either query type the estimated number of affected rows is
saved for retrieval by ifx_affected_rows().
If you have BLOB (BYTE or TEXT) columns in the query, you can add
a blobidarray parameter containing the
corresponding "blob ids", and you should replace those columns
with a "?" in the query text.
If the contents of the TEXT (or BYTE) column allow it, you can
also use "ifx_textasvarchar(1)" and "ifx_byteasvarchar(1)". This
allows you to treat TEXT (or BYTE) columns just as if they were
ordinary (but long) VARCHAR columns for select queries, and you
don't need to bother with blob id's.
With ifx_textasvarchar(0) or ifx_byteasvarchar(0) (the default
situation), select queries will return BLOB columns as blob id's
(integer value). You can get the value of the blob as a string
or file with the blob functions (see below).
See also: ifx_do().