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Shortening Long URLs With PHP

Print out a full URL for a link will sometimes mess up your formatting, especially if you URL is quite long. This might be the case if you are linking to a Google search page, or have an automated script that shows numerous URLs of indeterminate length. The following function will reduce any URL longer than 45 characters by splitting it in two and join them up with a simple string.

philipnorton42 Fri, 06/13/2008 - 09:03

Preparing A URL With PHP

12th June 2008

There might be many instances where you will create a program in PHP that takes a URL as input and does something with the address. This might be a site analysis or an image resize, but whatever the use is, you need to be sure that the URL will work or at least has the same format.

Find The Nearest Word Using The Levenshtein Function In PHP

10th June 2008

The levenshtein() function is part of a set of functions that are used to look at the structure of a string depending on how the string sounds, using levenshtein() allows you to look at the total difference between two strings, defined as a distance value. The important feature of this is that you can compare one string to another and see if they are similar.

Display A String By A Date Value With PHP

23rd May 2008

Printing off a random quote on a page is useful (or at least interesting), but it is nice to rotate them slower than every page view.

A better solution is to use a time based value to work out which quote to display. In this way the quote is changed every hour/day/week or whatever time period you have selected.

Create a file called quote.txt in the same directory as the script and put a single quote on each line.

Convert Time Into Timestamp Or Timestamp Into Time In PHP

The easiest (and most reliable) way to store the time in a database table is with a timestamp. It is also the most convenient way of working out time scales as you don't have to do calculations in base 60. In MySQL this is accomplished by the UNIXTIME() function, which can be reversed by using another MySQL function called FROM_UNIXTIME().

However, you can sometimes be left with timestamps in your code and the task of trying to figure out what to do with them.

The first problem is trying to convert a timestamp into a date. So here is a PHP function that does this.

philipnorton42 Sat, 05/10/2008 - 19:58

Does A String In PHP Contain A Number?

24th December 2007

The is_numeric() function in PHP can be used to see if a number contained in a string is numeric. The function returns true is the variable can be parsed into a string, otherwise it returns false. Here are some examples: