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    Jul 25, 2004
    Gaithersburg, MD
    Mac Pro 2.6ghz Quad Xeon, 23" Cinema
    mySQL question
    I was wondering how to only get the first x number of characters in an SQL query. Like if you have a field called job_description and you want to only display the first 50 chars or so as a "preview." Do you think it would be easier to use a built-in PHP function to crop it or is there a way to do it with the select statement. I don't have any of my reference books handy so I can't look it up.

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    Jan 15, 2003
    Whangarei, New Zealand
    Personally I'd use PHP:
    I'm in your forums, writing sentences in a grammatically acceptable manner.

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    Jun 11, 2003
    Mount Vernon, WA
    MacBook Pro 2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM OS 10.5.2
    Returns the leftmost len characters from the string str.

    mysql> SELECT LEFT('foobarbar', 5);
    -> 'fooba'

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