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Quick and Dirty Emoticons

Ever wondered how forums like VBulletin display emoticons? In this article Havard shows us a quick and dirty way to create and use our own emoticons with PHP and MySQL.

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By: Havard Lindset
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July 04, 2002
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You've probably seen the new trend of replacing standard smilies with emoticons. Emoticons are images that represent the common emotes like ":)", ":(", ";)" and ":P". You can see examples of emoticons in use if you visit one of the popular forums, such as the DevArticles forum.

In this tutorial I will explain how you can load emoticons from a database and replace all clear text smilies with their corresponding emoticons. This tutorial is meant for PHP and MySQL novices, however having some experience with database connectivity before starting is a good idea.
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