How to Modify the Definition or Data Type of a Column of a MySQL Table Using PHP 


               


How to Modify the Definition or Data Type of a Column of a MySQL Table Using PHP



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In this article, we show how to modify the definition and/or data type of a column of a MySQL table using PHP.

By definition, we are talking about things about the column such as the length of the column, whether it's NOT NULL, PRIMARY, UNIQUE, etc.

By data type, we are talking about whether it's VARCHAR, CHAR, INT, DATE, etc.

The general format of the MySQL query to modify a column of a MySQL table is shown below.





So the above is the MySQL code to modify the definition or data type of a column named middlename to be of type CHAR(1).

Like, for example, say you had a column named middle name for a user to enter in his or her middle name. You now want to change it so that only the middle initial is stored. So when a user was typing in his or her full name, the data type more than likely was a VARCHAR(50) or something close to that. Now you only want the person's middle initial, so you change it to data type CHAR(1).

This is one example of many why you change the definition and/or data type of a column.

We'll now show how to tie this in with PHP.



So, first, we must connect to the database.

After we do this, we create a variable named $modifycolumn. This $modifycolumn variable is set equal to a mysql_query() function that has the parameter "ALTER TABLE customers MODIFY middlename CHAR(1) NOT NULL". This changes the middlename column from whatever it was before to now be of type CHAR(1) and made NOT NULL.

So this is how you can modify the definition and/or data type of a column in a MySQL table using PHP.


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