You want to iterate through a result set multiple times, or to move to arbitrary rows within the result.
If your API has functions that provide these capabilities, use them. If not, fetch the result set into a data structure so that you can access the rows however you please.
Some APIs allow you to "rewind" a result set so you can iterate through its rows again. Some also allow you to move to arbitrary rows within the set, which in effect gives you random access to the rows. Our APIs offer these capabilities as follows:
Whether or not a particular database-access API allows rewinding and positioning, your programs can achieve random access into a result set by fetching all rows from a result set and saving them into a data structure. For example, you can use a two-dimensional array that stores result rows and columns as elements of a matrix. Once you've done that, you can iterate through the result set multiple times or use its elements in random access fashion however you please. If your API provides a call that returns an entire result set in a single operation, it's relatively trivial to generate a matrix. (Perl and Python can do this.) Otherwise, you need to run a row-fetching loop and save the rows yourself.
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