if i have a word and i want to see if it exist in a sentence how can i do that?

Posted on 2008-09-30
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
if i have a word and i want to see if it exist in a sentence how can i do that?
lets say i want to search for the word "hall" in the sentence "the hall of fame in expert"
and please i dont want it using explode because i know how to do it using explode
Question by:mgtm3
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 22612111
can you explain why you don't want to use explode?
that will clarify in which direction any suggestions have to go.

Author Comment

ID: 22612150
beacuse i need something fast
i have a table that have 500,000 rows so i want to search in every row to find something(word)
and using explode i takes me 30-60 seconds to find it.
so becouse of that i want something better and faster
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 22612172
>i have a table that have 500,000 rows
mysql? did you check out full-text index?
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lorenzodalcol earned 100 total points
ID: 22612173
if you use mysql you can use fulltext search.

With PHP you can use strpos


$mystring = 'the hall of fame in expert';

$findme   = 'hall';

$pos = strpos($mystring, $findme);

// Note our use of ===.  Simply == would not work as expected

// because the position of 'a' was the 0th (first) character.

if ($pos === false) {

    echo "The string '$findme' was not found in the string '$mystring'";

} else {

    echo "The string '$findme' was found in the string '$mystring'";

    echo " and exists at position $pos";



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Author Comment

ID: 22612256
angell can you give me an example ?
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Accepted Solution

Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 400 total points
ID: 22612271
well, in the link I gave you there are plenty of examples...
mysql> CREATE TABLE articles (


    ->   title VARCHAR(200),

    ->   body TEXT,

    ->   FULLTEXT (title,body)

    -> );

Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

mysql> INSERT INTO articles (title,body) VALUES

    -> ('MySQL Tutorial','DBMS stands for DataBase ...'),

    -> ('How To Use MySQL Well','After you went through a ...'),

    -> ('Optimizing MySQL','In this tutorial we will show ...'),

    -> ('1001 MySQL Tricks','1. Never run mysqld as root. 2. ...'),

    -> ('MySQL vs. YourSQL','In the following database comparison ...'),

    -> ('MySQL Security','When configured properly, MySQL ...');

Query OK, 6 rows affected (0.00 sec)

Records: 6  Duplicates: 0  Warnings: 0

mysql> SELECT * FROM articles

    -> WHERE MATCH (title,body) AGAINST ('database');


| id | title             | body                                     |


|  5 | MySQL vs. YourSQL | In the following database comparison ... |

|  1 | MySQL Tutorial    | DBMS stands for DataBase ...             |


2 rows in set (0.00 sec)

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