All I want do to is simply get the result of how long (in seconds) the PHP takes to process the SQL query. Am I on a right track? Is my code correct to get the result I want?

$con = mysql_connect("localhost","root","");
if (!$con)
  die('Could not connect: ' . mysql_error());

mysql_select_db("test3", $con);

    $start = microtime(TRUE);
    $result = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM `test`
    ORDER BY `test`.`test2` DESC
    LIMIT 0,100");

echo "<table border='1'>

while($row = mysql_fetch_array($result))
  echo "<tr>";
  echo "<td>" . $row['ID'] . "</td>";
  echo "<td>" . $row['test1'] . "</td>";
  echo "<td>" . $row['test2'] . "</td>";
  echo "<td>" . $row['test3'] . "</td>";
  echo "<td>" . $row['test4'] . "</td>";
  echo "</tr>";
echo "</table>";

$end = microtime(TRUE);

$sqlTime = $end - $start;

echo $sqlTime

1 Answer 1

  1. Yes, microtime is designed to be used for this. The PHP documentation mentions this use case for microtime().
  2. Consider putting this into a loop and print out the average result: if the measured time is too small, you can't provide a reliable estimation.
  3. Concerning the MySQL request: you should switch to mysqli or PDO.
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks, for the connection advice. I will change that, but I am still concerned whether $end = microtime (TRUE) is the right place to have? Or should I put it after the sql query? \$\endgroup\$
    – fn24
    Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 15:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ It simply depends on what you want to measure: if it's simply MySQL, put it at the end, and if you want to include PHP processing, keep it there. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 15:47

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