Check For Existing Entry


Feb 7, 2005

I am currently trying to INSERT some data into MySQL database. What would be the correct way for checking if an entry of the same name already exist in the primary key. I was planning to do it like this.

SELECT name FROM table WHERE name = 'whatever'

Do a loop. If data is returned, prompt user that entry exist. Else, continue to INSERT.
Is this the correct way to do it? Is there a shorter way? And It is alright if I execute a lot of SQL query at one go right? What should I watch out for?

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