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I have a simple form on my website where people can lookup a country code.  The country codes are either 1, 2, or 3 digits in length.  The problem is that my results are not showing all possible matches.

Example:

The code 55 is Brazil.  55629 is Brazilian cell phones.

When I search for 55 I want to see anything that stats with the user entered valued, 55.

Just like if I entered 5 the result would be

5 - Country X
55 - Brazil
55629 - Brazilian Cell Phones

Here is what I have so far but clearly does not work.


PHP PAGE

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$dbconn = mysql_connect($hostname, $username, $password) or die("EPIC FAIL: Unable to connect to MySQL DB");
 

$database = mysql_select_db("te_support", $dbconn);
 

$query  = "SELECT Area, Rate FROM OWF_RATES WHERE Code = LEFT('" . $_POST["cCode"] . "',1)";

$result = mysql_query($query) or die(mysql_error());
 

$rows = array();

while($row  = mysql_fetch_array($result))

{

	$rows[] = $row;

}

mysql_free_result($result);

mysql_close($dbconn);

	
 

$w->setvar("rows", $rows);
 

$w->fdisplay("rates.tpl", true);
 
 
 
 

------------------------------ HTML PAGE --------------
 

<table>

		<th>

		  <div align="center">{$LANG_country_area_region_name}</div>

		</th>

		<th>

		  <div align="center">{$LANG_rate_per_minute}  ( US$ )</div>

		</th>

          {foreach from=$rows item=row}

            <tr>            </tr>

          <tr>

            <td>{$row.Area}</td>

            <td>

              <div align="center">{$row.Rate}</div>

            </td>

          </tr>

          {/foreach}

        </table>

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Question by:joedunn
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 500 total points
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this should work better:
$query  = "SELECT Area, Rate FROM OWF_RATES WHERE Code LIKE '" . $_POST["cCode"] . "%' ORDER BY LEN(Code) DESC ";

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by:Ray Paseur
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Might want that "order by" to be "LEN(Code) ASC" so the short codes come out first?
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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>Might want that "order by" to be "LEN(Code) ASC" so the short codes come out first?
correct. I am use to use DESC in similar situations to get the longest match first.
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