[ale] [OT] PHP Question

Jonathan Chum jchum at aismedia.com
Tue Feb 17 15:26:21 EST 2004

Substr() is the function that should do it:


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-----Original Message-----
From: ale-bounces at ale.org [mailto:ale-bounces at ale.org]On Behalf Of
Nathan J. Underwood
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2004 3:12 PM
To: ale at ale.org
Subject: [ale] [OT] PHP Question

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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