I have an array full of random content item ids. I need to run a mysql query (id in the array goes in the WHERE clause), using each ID that's in the array, in the order that they appear in the said array. How would I do this?
This will be an UPDATE query, for each individual ID in the array.
As with nearly all "How do I do SQL from within PHP" questions - You really should use prepared statements. It's not that hard:
Alternatively, you can do it like this:
Add more parameter placeholders for other fields as you need them.
Which one to pick?
The first variant works with a variable number of records iteratively, hitting the database multiple times. This is most useful for UPDATE and INSERT operations.
The second variant works with a variable number of records too, but it hits the database only once. This is much more efficient than the iterative approach, obviously you can only do the same thing to all affected records. This is most useful for SELECT and DELETE operations, or when you want to UPDATE multiple records with the same data.
Why prepared statements?
execute(), so less data needs to go over the wire when used repeatedly.
In longer loops the execution time difference between using a prepared statement and sending plain SQL will become noticeable.