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Query Builder "Where" with Array

#1
Hello everyone! I just started learning CodeIgniter 4 and will be very thankful if you help with my problem. In my database I have a table with various products. The table has columns "brand" and "country". I would like to display all the products and add checkboxes for brands and countries so that user can filter the displayed products. Here's my form:
Code:
<form method="post" action="<?=base_url('page/view/'.$currentCatalog);?>">
    <h2>Brands</h2>
        <?php foreach ($filters as $item) : ?>
            <input type="checkbox" name="brand[]" value="<?=$item['brand'];?>"><?=$item['brand'];?><br>
        <?php endforeach ?>
    <h2>Countries</h2>
        <?php foreach ($filters as $item) : ?>
            <input type="checkbox" name="country[]" value="<?=$item['country'];?>"><?=$item['country'];?><br>
        <?php endforeach ?>
    <input type="submit">
</form>

In my controller I get the post data and send it to the model (I am not showing you all the code, this $catalog is not important):
Code:
$postFilters = $this->request->getPost();
$data = [
    'catalog' => $model->displayItems($catalog, $postFilters),
];

After submitting the form $postFilters looks like this:

Array ( [brand] => Array ( [0] => someBrand) [country] => Array ( [0] => someCountry)

In my model I use this query:
Code:
$items = $this->where('catalog', $catalog)
              ->where($postFilters)
              ->findAll();
return $items;

If one brand and/or one country are selected in the form, everything works fine. But if I select more than one country or brand, I get error:
    mysqli_sql_exception #4078
    Illegal parameter data types varchar and row for operation '='

Could you please help me solve this? "Brand" and "Country" will not be the only parameters in the form, I will add more, so my query has to be dynamic.
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#2
I believe the problem is that "where" query uses AND. So it basically says "select items where country is Germany AND country is Sweden". I need AND between different categories, but OR between specific options ("select items where brand is something OR something OR something AND country is something OR something"). And all of this has to be dynamic, based on the options selected in the form. Is it possible to achieve it in CodeIgniter 4?
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#3
Try this one.

PHP Code:
$builder->orWhere() 
What did you Try? What did you Get? What did you Expect?

Joined CodeIgniter Community 2009.  ( Skype: insitfx )
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#4
Sorry, it doesn't change anything. My $postFilters contains brands and countries selected in the form. I need "OR" between brands and countries, not between $catalog and $postFilters
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#5
You may need to use the db query method then an use pure sql syntax for your queries.
What did you Try? What did you Get? What did you Expect?

Joined CodeIgniter Community 2009.  ( Skype: insitfx )
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#6
If you have multiple values to compare, why are you not using whereIn()? Since you have multiple fields (brand and country), you'll have to add them to the query seperately. While where() concatenates multiple fields/values with " AND ", whereIn expects only one field. So you'll have to do multiple whereIn()s.

I haven't tested CI 4. My assumptions are based on my experience with CI 3.

As a side question, is there a general, common way to handle filtering in CI? If I have multiple (4+) fields to filter (using equals, NOT, IN, etc.), things get out of hand a little. Accessing the db object (and using corresponding methods) for each filter doesn't seem that practical. Especially if one filter modifies/cancels the previous one.

To get around this, I've created a helper select method. I create an array, something similar to this:

PHP Code:
[
    "select" => "staff.id, users.email, users.display_name, users.image, users.type",
    "from"   => "staff",
    "join"   => [
        ["users""users.id = staff.user_id"]
    ],
    "order_by" => "users.display_name",


and pass this to the helper select method. This makes modifying the query much easier. I get to pass the query only when it's done. Though this still has problems when doing filtering. There's no easy way to map/store/represent all where filters using an array. I just improve the helper method as problems arise.

I'd like to know how the community deals with this.
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#7
Thanks for your replies. Since right now I have only 2 columns, my temporary solution is this:
Code:
$this->where('catalog', $category);

if (array_key_exists('brand', $postFilters)) {
    $this->whereIn('brand', $postFilters['brand']);
}

if (array_key_exists('country', $postFilters)) {
    $this->whereIn('country', $postFilters['country']);
}

return $this->paginate(4);
CodeIgniter makes a chain of these queries and the if statements also works. If you have any other ideas as to how to manage dynamic queries, please share with me. I will appreciate it very much!
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