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PHP mysqli: character_set_name() function

mysqli_character_set_name() function / mysqli::character_set_name

The mysqli_character_set_name() function / mysqli::character_set_name returns the default character set for the database connection.

Syntax:

Object oriented style

string mysqli::character_set_name ( void )

Procedural style

string mysqli_character_set_name ( mysqli $link )

Usage: Procedural style

mysqli_character_set_name(connection);

Parameter:

Name Description Required/Optional
connection Specifies the MySQL connection to use. Required

Return value:

Returns TRUE on success or FALSE on failure.

Version: PHP 5, PHP 7

Example of object oriented style:

<?php
/* Open a connection */
$mysqli = new mysqli("localhost", "user1", "datasoft123", "hr");

/* check connection */
if (mysqli_connect_errno()) {
    printf("Connect failed: %s\n", mysqli_connect_error());
    exit();
}

/* Print current character set */
$charset = $mysqli->character_set_name();
printf ("Current character set is %s\n", $charset);

$mysqli->close();
?>

Output:

Current character set is latin1

Example of procedural style:

<?php
/* Open a connection */
$link = mysqli_connect("localhost", "user1", "datasoft", "hr");

/* check connection */
if (!$link) {
    printf("Connect failed: %s\n", mysqli_connect_error());
    exit();
}

/* Print current character set */
$charset = mysqli_character_set_name($link);
printf ("Current character set is %s\n",$charset);

/* close connection */
mysqli_close($link);
?>

Output:

Connect failed: Access denied for user 'user1'@'localhost' (using password: YES)

See also

PHP Function Reference

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PHP: Tips of the Day

var_export(): var_export() dumps a PHP parseable representation of the item.

You can pass true as the second parameter to return the contents into a variable.

Example:

<?php
$myarray = [ "PHP", "Tips" ];
$mystring = "PHP Tips";
$myint = 28;

var_export($myarray);
var_export($mystring);
var_export($myint);
?>

Output:

array (
  0 => 'PHP',
  1 => 'Tips',
)'PHP Tips'28

To put the content into a variable, you can do this:

$array_export = var_export($myarray, true);
$string_export = var_export($mystring, true);
$int_export = var_export($myint, 1); // any `Truthy` value

After that, you can output it like this:

printf('$myarray = %s; %s', $array_export, PHP_EOL);
printf('$mystring = %s; %s', $string_export, PHP_EOL);
printf('$myint = %s; %s', $int_export, PHP_EOL);

Example:

<?php
$myarray = [ "PHP", "Tips" ];
$mystring = "PHP Tips";
$myint = 28;
$array_export = var_export($myarray, true);
$string_export = var_export($mystring, true);
$int_export = var_export($myint, 1);
printf('$myarray = %s; %s', $array_export, PHP_EOL);
printf('$mystring = %s; %s', $string_export, PHP_EOL);
printf('$myint = %s; %s', $int_export, PHP_EOL);
?>

This will produce the following output:

Output:

$myarray = array (
  0 => 'PHP',
  1 => 'Tips',
);
$mystring = 'PHP Tips';
$myint = 28;