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Specify columns to return from the SQL query.


API Docs: xPDOQuery::select()

getSelectColumns($className, $tableAlias= '', $columnPrefix= '', $columns= array (), $exclude= false)
xPDOQuery select ([string $columns = '*'])

When selecting fields, always make sure to at least include the Primary Key of the table; otherwise, xPDO will not be able to make an object from it and get lost in recursion with the error that the maximum number of nested functions of 100 has been exceeded.


Get a collection of Boxes, with only the ID and name fields.

$query = $xpdo->newQuery('Box');
$boxes = $xpdo->getCollection('Box',$query);

Use with toArray()

It's important to point out that toArray() will by default lazy-load values, so it effectively overrides the values you've passed to the select() method. To have toArray() to follow along with what you've passed to select(), you set its third parameter to "true".

$query = $xpdo->newQuery('modUser');
$users = $xpdo->getCollection('modUser',$query);
foreach ($users as $u) {
    print_r($u->toArray()); // will print ALL fields.
    print_r($u->toArray('',false,true)); // will print ONLY the selected fields.

See Also

The function works with either an array of field names or a comma-separated string:

xPDOQuery select ([string $columns = '*'])
xPDOQuery select ([array $columns =  array()])

The example in the API docs passes select() the results of getSelectColumns(), which returns a comma-delimited list (a string).