How to get php/ajax to get an integer from mysql

Problem :

The application is made to keep a track of how many cables are in stock.

So the part of my application that I am struggling to get working is the following.

When a user selects something from the dropdown box, it queries the MySQL database and returns an integer. There is only 1 integer per selection. For example a user selects a 5 metre orange cable from the drop down box it will display the amount of cables left. Which is stored in the mysql database. I am having a nightmare getting the code to work if someone could please provide some assistance.

Here is the main page

  <title>Cable Management</title>
  <link href="style.css" rel="stylesheet">

<div class="wrapper">
<?php include("Header.php"); ?>
  <div id="main">
        <h1>Cable Management</h1>
        <h2>Bournemouth Office</h2>
        <p>Enter how many cables you want to remove or add from the Bournemouth office</p>
function showcables(str)
if (str=="")
if (window.XMLHttpRequest)
  {// code for IE7+, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari
  xmlhttp=new XMLHttpRequest();
  {// code for IE6, IE5
  xmlhttp=new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
  if (xmlhttp.readyState==4 && xmlhttp.status==200)

<INPUT TYPE = "TEXT" NAME='amount' VALUE ="">
<select name="cables" onchange="showcables(this.value)">
<option value="">Select a cable type</option>
<option value="0.25 Metre Orange">0.25 Metre Orange</option>
<option value="0.3 Metre Orange">0.3 Metre Orange</option>
<option value="0.5 Metre Orange">0.5 Metre Orange</option>
<option value="1 Metre Orange">1 Metre Orange</option>
<option value="2 Metre Orange">2 Metre Orange</option>
<option value="3 Metre Orange">3 Metre Orange</option>
<option value="5 Metre Orange">5 Metre Orange</option>
<option value="10 Metre Orange">10 Metre Orange</option>
<option value="2 Metre Black">2 Metre Black</option>
<option value="3 Metre Black">3 Metre Black</option>
<option value="5 Metre Black">5 Metre Black</option>
<option value="10 Metre Black">10 Metre Black</option>
<option value="RJ 11">RJ11</option>
<option value="RJ 11 to BT">RJ11 to BT</option>
<INPUT TYPE = "button" Name = "Remove" VALUE = "Remove">
<INPUT TYPE = "button" Name = "Add" VALUE = "Add">
<div id="txtHint"><b>The amount of cables of that type will be listed here</b></div>


    <div class="footer-clear"></div><!-- add this at the end of wrapper -->
</div> <!-- i added this closing tag, it was missing (for wrapper) -->
<?php include("Footer.php"); ?> <!-- move footer to go outside of wrapper -->


Here is the getcable.php file

$q = intval($_GET['q']);

$con = mysqli_connect('localhost','root','','cables');
if (!$con)
  die('Could not connect: ' . mysqli_error($con));

$sql="SELECT * FROM bmouthoff WHERE id = '".$q."'";

$result = mysqli_query($con,$sql);

while($row = mysqli_fetch_array($result))
  echo "<tr>";
  echo "<td>" . $row['Amount'] . "</td>";
  echo "</tr>";
echo "</table>";


Thanks in advance

Solution :

You need to put:

echo "<table>";


while($row = mysqli_fetch_array($result))

in the PHP.

Get rid of mysqli_select_db($con, "bmouthoff"). That's not the name of the database, and you already selected the database in the mysqli_connect() call.

die("Could not connect: " . mysqli_error($con));

should be:

die("Could not connect: " . mysqli_connect_error());

And change:

$result = mysqli_query($con,$sql);


$result = mysqli_query($con,$sql) or die ("Could not query: " . mysqli_error($con));

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