Thread: mySQL question
09-27-2004, 05:35 PM #1
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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.
09-27-2004, 11:11 PM #2I'm in your forums, writing sentences in a grammatically acceptable manner.
09-28-2004, 03:44 PM #3
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Returns the leftmost len characters from the string str.
mysql> SELECT LEFT('foobarbar', 5);
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