The PHP docs for mysqli_num_rows says
Returns the number of rows in the result set.
The PHP docs for mysqli_affected_rows says
Returns the number of rows affected by the last INSERT, UPDATE, REPLACE or DELETE query.
_num_rows is called on a result, and _affected_rows is called on a connection. Since I think they do the same thing(correct this assumption if I'm wrong), I'm wondering whether one works better than the other, and which situations would call for which function.
Aren't number of rows affected and number of rows in the result set synonymous?
num_rows tells you how many rows there are in the result set you just selected with a
affected_rows tells you how many rows where affected by an
DELETE query. The difference is obvious:
$resultSet = mysqli_query($c, 'SELECT ...'); echo mysqli_num_rows($resultSet);
SELECT result set goes into
mysqli_query($c, 'UPDATE ...'); echo mysqli_affected_rows($c);
No result set, no
mysql_affect_rows counts on how many rows your
UPDATE/INSERT query was used
mysql_num_rows counts how many rows your
SELECT statement found