Nowhere in the documentaiont explains that if the entire DBF file is lacking a record for one whole column, you will not get a blank entry in your result from dbase_get_record(). You must use dbase_get_record_with_names(), it is the only safe way to read dbase files in PHP 4.
For example, if you have a dbase file with 12 columns, but 3 of them contain no data in any record, then your array returned from dbase_get_record() will only have 9 sequential array keys and values, leaving you no way to figure out which are the missing columns.
(PHP 4, PHP 5)
dbase_get_record — Gets a record from a database as an indexed array
Gets a record from a database as an indexed array.
An indexed array with the record. This array will also include an associative key named deleted which is set to 1 if the record has been marked for deletion (see dbase_delete_record()).
Each field is converted to the appropriate PHP type, except:
- Dates are left as strings.
- Integers that would have caused an overflow (> 32 bits) are returned as strings.
On error, dbase_get_record() will return
- dbase_get_record_with_names() - Gets a record from a database as an associative array