[SOLVED] Problem getting value from a public function on another page


Hello please forgive my question ,
I am fairly new to programming and have confused myself somewhat.

I have created a public function and am trying to echo out a row count on another page which passes the user name value to the function I know this is working because if I print the result in the function itself I get the desired result.

here is the code from my page passing the variable and where I am trying to echo out the result..
which is the number of posts, $xcount

<?php $rez=$crud->postcount($pc); ?>
<div class="card mb-4">
<div class="card-header">Welcome <?php echo $_SESSION['user']?></div>
<div class="card-body">   
<form action="" method="post">
<input type="submit" name="submit" id="submit" class="button" value="log out"/>

<image src = "<?php echo $_SESSION['user_image']?>" style="max-width:100px; max-height:100px<br>">

<p><?php  echo 'Posts created: '.$xcount;?></p>

$pc is defined already and is available in the function where if I print the the result it works.
However the value of $xcount in the code above is not printed and if I hover above it in vscode
it says unset. I know I must be doing something completely daft so please forgive me in advance.

Here is the code from my other page.

public function postcount($pc){

   $sql=("SELECT count(*) from `posts` WHERE `created_by` =:pc ");
   $xcount= $res->fetchColumn();
 print ' number of posts:' .$xcount;

return $res;



When you only want to use the $xcount value in the HTML, you should use the variable $rez, where the functions return value is assigned to:

<?php echo 'Posts created: '.$rez;?>

You should remove the "print" line, else the number would show on top of the page.

The problem is, that $xcount is defined within the scope of the function. So it is not accessible from the outside and this shouldn’t be the case, because it is a unclean way of programming (in most cases).

Answered By – Kevin Glier

Answer Checked By – Marie Seifert (BugsFixing Admin)

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