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SitePoint PHP Blog:
Why Is a String Called a String?
Jul 27, 2017 @ 11:52:40

On the SitePoint PHP blog editor Bruno Skvorc has written up a post that talks about why a string is called a "string" going back through the history of the term and discovering its origins.

Why is a string called a string? Have you ever given this some thought? We never use such a word in contexts other than programming for a set of letters sticking together, and yet – in programming it’s as pervasive as the word “variable”. Why is that, and where does it come from?

To find out, we have to tackle some related terms first. History lesson time!

He starts with these related terms including "font", "uppercase" and "lowercase". He talks about the printing process and how the "stringing together" of the series of characters might have been how customers using the press were charged. He then shifts over to the academic world for background there relating to a series of numbers and letters used in decision problems. The term caught on and showed up in several other academic papers over the years ending up eventually in programming language definitions and examples.

tagged: string term history printingpress letters sequence academic programming

Link: https://www.sitepoint.com/why-is-a-string-called-a-string/

Chris Hartjes' Blog:
The Devil’s In The Details (or, Handling Sequences in Postgres in CakePHP)
Feb 04, 2008 @ 08:47:00

Chris Hartjes has shared his experiences in dealing with the combination of Postgres and CakePHP and convincing it to work with sequences in your tables.

I had been struggling with some weirdness that CakePHP has been displaying while trying to add some new features to the baseball league website, where Cake + PHP 4.4 + Postgres were deciding to just be sulky and not work together well.

Lucky for me, it turns out that the solution (for now) to the problem was to simply add the name of the sequence for that table as a variable to the model definition.

He includes the code for the Model that creates the connections between hos tables (belongsTo) and creates a sequence global to the class - note the naming convention.

tagged: sequence postgres database cakephp framework example

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