Retrieve mysql entries from a single array or collection

I've made the following sql query

$dates = mysql_query("SELECT DISTINCT `saledate` FROM `phoneappdetail`");

Now I want to echo results in the array like so.


I don't want to use a while statement so I can use $date[1], $date[2], ect. in different places on the page.


You still have to use a while loop in order to traverse the result because mysql_query returns a resource and not an array.

function getResultArray() {
    $result_array =  array();
    $result_set = mysql_query("SELECT DISTINCT `saledate` FROM `phoneappdetail`");

    while ( $row = mysql_fetch_array($result_set) ) {
        $result_array[] = $row;

    return $result_array;

$date = getResultArray();
echo $date[0]['saledate'];

You'd need to pivot to do that and read all the dates back in one record

Use a while loop read them into an array, then reference that it will be a heck of a lot easier.

look at the mysqli_fetch_array() function

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