Toggle a TINYINT Field in MySQL

31st December 2007

MySQL uses the datatype TINYINT to store boolean values. MySQL stores the value as TINYINT(1) which is the same as a bit so the value is either 0 (false) or 1 (true). Using boolean fields can be very useful, but it can be costly in processing as to change the value you have to query the database, find out the value of the field and then act accordingly.

Here is a simple MySQL query that can be used to toggle the value already present in the TINYINT field without having to do any pre-querying.

Avoiding If Statement Typos In PHP

30th December 2007

It is very easy to break a program with a simple typo. Instead of typing == when comparing two values you type = and actually assign a variable. This is an easy way to introduce a bug as you will not always notice it until your program doesn't work. There is an easy way of avoiding this.

By using the following syntax:

Some Useful String Functions In JavaScript

Here are a few of the built in JavaScript functions available.

To get the length of a string use the length variable. This returns the number of characters in a string.

  1. var str = 'abcdef';
  2. str.length; // returns 6

The charAt function will return the character at the point specified in the parameter. So to get the first character of a string use:

philipnorton42 Thu, 12/27/2007 - 18:40
External JavaScript Include In HTML

To include a JavaScript file into a HTML page you can use the script tag with the src parameter pointing towards the source code file. However, there is a subtle difference between the script tag in HTML and XHTML. This is because the language attribute is not supported in XHTML, so if you just copy the code from HTML to XHTML the page won't validate. The solution here is to just leave it out.

For HTML

philipnorton42 Wed, 12/26/2007 - 12:32

Getting A Random Row From A MySQL Table

26th December 2007

Getting a random row from a MySQL table requires the use of the RAND() function in the ORDER BY clause of the SELECT statement. This will generate a new random number for each row and order them by that new number. In order to get a single row this is combined with the LIMIT clause to limit the result to a single row.

Odd and Even Numbers in PHP

To find if a number is odd or even you can use one of two operators.

The modulo operator (% in PHP) can be used to calculate the remainder of the value divided by 2. This gives a value of 0 for even numbers and a value of 1 for odd numbers. This can be used in an if statement as 0 will equate to false and 1 will equate to true.

philipnorton42 Tue, 12/25/2007 - 22:43

Rounding And Displaying Numbers In PHP

24th December 2007

To round a number in PHP you can use one of three functions, these are round(), ceil() and floor(). All of these functions take number as the input and will round the value depending on the function used.

To round to the closest integer use the round() function.

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: