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Number of characters in an SQL Field

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Is there a SQL or PHP function that can tell me how many characters there are in a certain field of text? (i assume there is)

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[a href=\"http://au2.php.net/strlen\" target=\"_blank\"]http://au2.php.net/strlen[/a]
Count the number of characters in a string!

Google is good too when u wanna find these things:
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[!--sql--][div class=\'sqltop\']SQL[/div][div class=\'sqlmain\'][!--sql1--][span style=\'color:blue;font-weight:bold\']SELECT[/span] LENGTH(column) [color=green]FROM[/color] [color=orange]table[/color] [!--sql2--][/div][!--sql3--]
[!--sql--][div class=\'sqltop\']SQL[/div][div class=\'sqlmain\'][!--sql1--][span style=\'color:blue;font-weight:bold\']SELECT[/span] CHAR_LENGTH(column) [color=green]FROM[/color] [color=orange]table[/color] [!--sql2--][/div][!--sql3--]

From: [a href=\"http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/string-functions.html\" target=\"_blank\"]http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/string-functions.html[/a]



Returns the length of the string str, measured in characters. A multi-byte character counts as a single character. This means that for a string containing five two-byte characters, LENGTH() returns 10, whereas CHAR_LENGTH() returns 5.


CHARACTER_LENGTH() is a synonym for CHAR_LENGTH().


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