[ale] [OT] PHP Question

J.M. Taylor jtaylor at onlinea.com
Tue Feb 17 15:23:40 EST 2004

$string = "johndoe";
$newstring = substr($string,0,3);

(take the substring of $string starting at position 0, give me 3 



On Tue, 17 Feb 2004, Nathan J. Underwood wrote:

> 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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Jenn Taylor
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