You're issuing a SELECT * query from within a program, and the columns don't come back in the order you expect.
When you use * to select columns, all bets are off; you can't assume anything about the order in which they'll be returned. Either name the columns explicitly in the order you want, or retrieve them into a data structure that makes their order irrelevant.
The examples in the previous section illustrate the differences between using * versus a list of names to specify output columns when issuing SELECT statements from within the mysql program. The difference between approaches also may be significant when issuing queries through an API from within your own programs, depending on how you fetch result set rows. If you select output columns using *, the server returns them using the order in which they are listed in the table definitionan order that may change if the table structure is modified. If you fetch rows into an array, this non-determinacy of output column order makes it impossible to know which column each array element corresponds to. By naming output columns explicitly, you can fetch rows into an array with confidence that the columns will appear in the array in the same order that you named them in the query.
On the other hand, your API may allow you to fetch rows into a structure containing elements that are accessed by name. (For example, in Perl you can use a hash; in PHP you can use an associative array or an object.) If you do this, you can issue a SELECT * query and then access structure members by referring to the column names in any order you want. In this case, there is effectively no difference between selecting columns with * or by naming them explicitly: If you can access values by name within your program, their order within result set rows is irrelevant. This fact makes it tempting to take the easy way out by using SELECT * for all your queries, even if you're not actually going to use every column. Nevertheless, it's more efficient to name specifically only the columns you want so that the server doesn't send you information you're just going to ignore. (An example that explains in more detail why you may want to avoid retrieving certain columns is given in Recipe 9.9, in Recipe 9.9.10.")
Using the mysql Client Program
Writing MySQL-Based Programs
Record Selection Techniques
Working with Strings
Working with Dates and Times
Sorting Query Results
Modifying Tables with ALTER TABLE
Obtaining and Using Metadata
Importing and Exporting Data
Generating and Using Sequences
Using Multiple Tables
Introduction to MySQL on the Web
Incorporating Query Resultsinto Web Pages
Processing Web Input with MySQL
Using MySQL-Based Web Session Management
Appendix A. Obtaining MySQL Software
Appendix B. JSP and Tomcat Primer
Appendix C. References