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MySQL commands you don't see often enough


I'd looked for an equivalent to Find and Replace to use within SQL statements in MySQL for a while, and it wasn't until a few months ago that I came across the replace() string function. For whatever reason, I didn't find mention of this function or its application as easily as I would have liked, so perhaps this post will help the next guy or gal become aware of it.


Launchy: file system teleportation

Having to traverse file system paths repeatedly (a common task facing web developers) is the virtual equivalent of lugging sacks of groceries up flights of stairs.

The scenario is this: a client emails a file ("Post this PDF on our site."). You choose to save the file and a dialog box opens either in My Documents or the last location you saved a file in this manner - perhaps another client's folder. So you start clicking. Let's go back to C:, then to "Program Files", to "Apache Group", then to "Apache 2" and ... so on ... and finally to "site-documents."


a new look for a new-and-improved us...

The cobbler's son has finally gotten some much-needed new shoes! Dotted i has been such a success since we launched in 2003, we've hardly had the time to tend to our own website.

We're proud to start 2007 with a striking new look and some incredible new services -- like providing web-hosting for our clients!

We'll be updating this site with more details soon. In the mean-time, have a look around and let us know what you think.

If this is your first visit to Dotted i Design - welcome, we're glad you dropped by.


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