I come from a .NET background where you can create grids with headers and data in columns/rows to easily display your data. Is there a Joomla Extension that can do the same? I want to query MySQL and have the results from the query returned to the page in a format similar to the below (varying columns tho, not just 3 could be more or less)

Name --- ID --- Age
A --- 1 ---- 12
B --- 2 ---- 13
C --- 3 ---- 22

2 Answers 2


To query the database, you can use the following:

$db = JFactory::getDbo();

$query = $db->getQuery(true);

$query->select($db->quoteName(array('id', 'name', 'age')))


$results = $db->loadObjectList();

$results is now your variable that contains an object of results.

Note: If you want to get all data from all columns, then replace:

$query->select($db->quoteName(array('id', 'name', 'age')))



You can then add a foreach loop and construct your table:

        foreach ($results as $row)
            echo '<tr>';
            echo '<td>' . $row->name . '</td>';
            echo '<td>' . $row->id . '</td>';
            echo '<td>' . $row->age . '</td>';
            echo '</tr>';

As an alternative to Lodder's answer, another option is to use a third party extension such as ChronoConnectivity (free) or Alter Reports (paid) or similar which help you formulate your query and display the results in the front-end.

  • Have you used ChronoConnectivity before? I see how to create the connection and build out the query, but how do I actually add the returned results to my article? Apr 18, 2016 at 1:28
  • I tend to use the ChronoConnectivity plugin to insert the results into my articles. Apr 18, 2016 at 1:42

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