recent posts related to the php programming language

PHP: How to remove non-printable characters from strings

PHP FAQ: How do I remove all non-printable characters from a string in PHP?

I don’t know of any built-in PHP functions to remove all non-printable characters from a string, so the solution is to use the preg_replace function with an appropriate regular expression.

A PHP json_encode array conversion example

If you need to see a simple PHP example that converts an array of data to a JSON string using the json_encode function, I hope this little script is helpful:

How to use PHP curl and curl_setopt with JSON web services

Here are two PHP scripts I just wrote that use curl and curl_setopt. The first example makes a GET request, and the second example makes a POST request, and passes JSON data to the web service it accesses.

A PHP curl GET request

This first one makes an HTTP GET request and prints the data that is returned by the URL that it hits:

Get a web client's IP address with PHP

I just ran into a situation for a Drupal/PHP client where I wanted to log some access information. There was some unusual access activity on the website, and I want to log IP addresses and URLs for a few days.

As part of that, I wanted to get the web client's IP address, and in PHP you get the client IP address like this:


That returns something like this:

If you just need to get a web client's IP address from a PHP script, that's all you need.

PHP - reduce multiple consecutive spaces to a single space

A PHP function that reduces multiple consecutive spaces in a string to one single space, so something like "   " is reduced to " ".

function reduceMultipleSpacesToSingleSpace($text) {
  return preg_replace('/\s+/', " ", $text );

PHP - strip all non alphanumeric characters from a string

A PHP function that strips a string of all characters other than alphanumeric characters:

function onlyAlphanumericAndSpaces($text) {
  # allow only alphanumeric
  return ereg_replace("[^A-Za-z0-9 ]", "", $text );

The Twitter API, PHP, and OAuth

Just a quick note today on how to access the Twitter API using PHP, specifically using the Abraham Williams PHP TwitterOAuth library. While the library itself seems very good, I couldn't find much in the way of documentation, particularly a simple "getting started" tutorial, so I thought I'd share this code.

In short, I dug through the PHP files in the root directory of the TwitterOAuth library, eventually creating this simple PHP Twitter client example:

How to display the APC Opcode Cache information page

I just finished moving the website to a newer, faster web server, and in the process I had to install the APC Opcode Cache on the new server. After installing APC, I like to be able to test that it's working, so I wanted to be able to display the APC information web page (APC test page).

To display the APC test/information page, just: