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Michael Dowell
Michael Dowell
2,390 Points

Data could not be retrieved from the database.

In the course "Using PHP With MySQL":

I have tried 3 methods to get the database to work, with 3 different error messages.

1) Most recently, I tried downloading fresh source code from the downloads section of this link: https://teamtreehouse.com/library/using-php-with-mysql/using-relationship-tables-in-mysql/understanding-relationship-tables

When I run the code and visit any product page, such as: http://localhost:8888/shirts/108/

I am getting this error message: "Data could not be retrieved from the database."

2) Previously I coded alongside the tutorials starting from badge 1. When I got an error, I read other people's frustrations with the same issue and then tried all solutions that I have read so far, including copying the .htaccess folder which I have done successfully, and also using fresh source code from the 3rd previous badge. In those previous attempts, I got the following errors when I would visit any product page:

Server Error 500 404 Page Not found

Just wondering what I am missing here.


3 Answers

Michael Dowell
Michael Dowell
2,390 Points

I figured out a workaround. Here's what worked for me:

I commented out these lines in this file: inc/database.php: //$db = new PDO("mysql:host=" . DB_HOST . ";dbname=" . DB_NAME .";port=" . DB_PORT,DB_USER,DB_PASS); //$db->setAttribute(PDO::ATTR_ERRMODE,PDO::ERRMODE_EXCEPTION); //$db->exec("SET NAMES 'utf8'");

And instead pasted in this line of code from an earlier version of the project: $db = new PDO("mysql:host=localhost;dbname=shirts4mike;port=8889","root","root");

Now the project works properly. I.e. individual shirt pages are displaying properly. For example: /shirts/102/

It's weird because I checked all the values of DB_HOST, DB_NAME, DB_PORT, DB_USER, DB_PASS and everything appears correct. Yet when I place in the hard-coded line everything works properly (i.e. individual t-shirt pages)

Still a bit baffled why this solution would work, and the original code doesn't.

Michael Timbs
Michael Timbs
15,761 Points

Check the config of XAMP / MAMP. I'd say you're running MySQL through the wrong port or MySQL servers have not been turned on. For me Skype and XAMP MySQL run through the same port so I can not have both running at once.

Michael Dowell
Michael Dowell
2,390 Points

Hi Michael,

Thanks, I appreciate your suggestion. Per your suggestion, I double-checked to make sure that MAMP is running through port 8888 for Apache and 8889 for MySQL. Those are the default settings. I also verified the code in inc > config.php to make sure the database is set to those same ports. Also I verified that MySQL is running via the MAMP launch window which shows a green mark in both the Apache server and MySQL checkboxes.

Then I checked MAMP > phpMyADMIN to make sure the database is named shirts4mike, which matches the name of the database in inc > config.php.

Everything looks correct to me. But I'm still getting the error: "Data could not be retrieved from the database."

Still looking for the solution to this...