PHP Parse Error

Posted on 2008-06-10
Last Modified: 2013-12-13
Hello Experts,

I'm trying to limit the characters returned for a column in a web app I'm creating. I'm using a little snippet I picked up in another forum and having a nightmare trying to implement it.

I keep getting a Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING, expecting '('

I have tried to debug this one myself but I'm not all to confident in PHP and at a bit of a loss. I'm sure one of you smart cookies will crack this in a few minutes no doubt...

			$limit = 20; // Company Name Char limit
			if strlen($row_emptyJobs['comp_name']) > $limit {
			print (substr($row_emptyJobs['comp_name'], 0, $limit) . " ... ";
			else {
			print $row_emptyJobs['comp_name'];

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Question by:MariusGM
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Expert Comment

ID: 21749731
print (substr($row_emptyJobs['comp_name'], 0, $limit)   << you are missing )
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Expert Comment

ID: 21749733
if needs sourrounding ()

should be

if (strlen($row_emptyJobs['comp_name']) > $limit) {
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Expert Comment

ID: 21749739
You can also ommit the opening ( in the print

print substr($row_emptyJobs['comp_name'], 0, $limit) . " ... ";

Thats common practive and typical also used i the php manual that way.

Author Comment

ID: 21749829
Thanks for the rapid response ...

None of the above seems to have done the job I'm afraid.

The Parse Error is occurring in line 3 of the above code, if thats any help ...
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Accepted Solution

hernst42 earned 250 total points
ID: 21749894
Try this code which works:
$limit = 20; // Company Name Char limit
if (strlen($row_emptyJobs['comp_name']) > $limit) {
    print substr($row_emptyJobs['comp_name'], 0, $limit) . " ... ";
else {
    print $row_emptyJobs['comp_name'];

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