Adding users from a CSV file to a MySQL database

I recently was hit with an issue where I had to import about 500 employees into a database and having each one added to multiple departments. With the use of an array I was able to write up some pretty simple code to import a CSV file that simply contained “username, realname” into the database. Thought I would post it in case anyone ever needed to do something along these lines.

$departments = array("department1", "department2", "department3", "department4");
mysql_connect("$dbhost", "$dbuser", "$dbpass") or die(mysql_error());
mysql_select_db("$dbase") or die(mysql_error());
$handle = fopen("employees.csv", "r");
while (($data = fgetcsv($handle, 5000, ",")) !== FALSE) {
foreach ($departments as &$value) {
$query = "INSERT INTO employees (`id`, `name`, `realname`, `tickets`, `dept`) VALUES (NULL, ‘$data[0]’, ‘$data[1]’, ‘0’, ‘$value’)";
$result = mysql_query($query) or die(mysql_error());
echo $data[1] . ‘ successfully added to ‘ . $value . ‘ department<br>’;