[ale] [OT] PHP Question
Nathan J. Underwood
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Tue Feb 17 15:12:46 EST 2004
Is there a way to say "Just give me the first n characters of a string"
in PHP? For example, if the string was "johndoe", and I just wanted the
first 3 characters, or "joh"? I think I could do it with some kind of
regex, but I can't seem to come up with one that works. It will be used
in a MySQL query when it's done, like the following:
$string = "johndoe";
$newstring = justgivemetheleft3($string);
$query = "SELECT * from table where name like "$newstring%"
I can't say give me everything that matches johndoe, because some of
them are john doe, some are john_doe, some are john, etc. But, the
first 3 will always be right.
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