JavaScript: String trimming and padding

When working with JavaScript in one of my projects I needed to trim strings and pad them. I googled for a solution and many sources I have got the following codes and sharing with you.

Trimming:

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//trimming space from both side of the string
String.prototype.trim = function() {
	return this.replace(/^\s+|\s+$/g,"");
}
 
//trimming space from left side of the string
String.prototype.ltrim = function() {
	return this.replace(/^\s+/,"");
}
 
//trimming space from right side of the string
String.prototype.rtrim = function() {
	return this.replace(/\s+$/,"");
}

Using Trim Functions:

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//write the code given above
var str = "  black  ";
alert("a" + str.trim() + "b");   //result "ablackb"
alert("a" + str.ltrim() + "b");  //result "ablack b"
alert("a" + str.rtrim() + "b");  //result "a blackb"

Padding:

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//pads left
String.prototype.lpad = function(padString, length) {
	var str = this;
    while (str.length < length)
        str = padString + str;
    return str;
}
 
//pads right
String.prototype.rpad = function(padString, length) {
	var str = this;
    while (str.length < length)
        str = str + padString;
    return str;
}

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var str = "5";
alert(str.lpad("0", 5)); //result "00005"
alert(str.rpad("0", 5)); //result "50000"
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SSL (HTTPS) URLs and CodeIgniter

ci logo flame SSL (HTTPS) URLs and CodeIgniterI am a fan of CodeIgniter for its ease of use. I have developed several ecommerce projects using this “beautiful” framework. While working on my first ecommerce project with CodeIgniter, I faced a problem with URLs. The site was suppose to use both “http” and “https”. But with CodeIgnitor we can define one base URL, which can be either “http” or “https”. Then I came up with an idea and now I am going to share that idea with you.

What I am going to do…

We will create secure version of some functions. For this we will make changes in CodeIgnitor’s URL helper(url_helper.php), Config library (Config.php) and Config (config.php)  files. We will be creating secure version of following functions:

  • site_url()
  • base_url()
  • anchor()
  • redirect()

Lets’ start…

First we will add the following config element in the config file:

$config['secure_base_url'] = 'https://examples.com';

Then, open the url_helper.php file (system/helpers/url_helper.php) and add the following codes. You may use a separate helper file if you do not want to alter the url_helper.php file.

if( ! function_exists('secure_site_url') )
{
    function secure_site_url($uri = '')
    {
        $CI =& get_instance();
        return $CI->config->secure_site_url($uri);
    }
}
 
if( ! function_exists('secure_base_url') )
{
    function secure_base_url()
    {
        $CI =& get_instance();
        return $CI->config->slash_item('secure_base_url');
    }
}
 
if ( ! function_exists('secure_anchor'))
{
    function secure_anchor($uri = '', $title = '', $attributes = '')
    {
        $title = (string) $title;
 
        if ( ! is_array($uri))
        {
            $secure_site_url = ( ! preg_match('!^\w+://! i', $uri)) ? secure_site_url($uri) : $uri;
        }
        else
        {
            $secure_site_url = secure_site_url($uri);
        }
 
        if ($title == '')
        {
            $title = $secure_site_url;
        }
 
        if ($attributes != '')
        {
            $attributes = _parse_attributes($attributes);
        }
 
        return '<a href="'.$secure_site_url.'" ' . $attributes . '>'.$title.'</a>';
    }
}
 
if ( ! function_exists('secure_redirect'))
{
    function secure_redirect($uri = '', $method = 'location', $http_response_code = 302)
    {
        switch($method)
        {
            case 'refresh'    : header("Refresh:0;url=".secure_site_url($uri));
                break;
            default            : header("Location: ".secure_site_url($uri), TRUE, $http_response_code);
                break;
        }
        exit;
    }
}

Now, add the following code in Config.php file (system/libraries/Config.php):

    function secure_site_url($uri = '')
    {
        if (is_array($uri))
        {
            $uri = implode('/', $uri);
        }
 
        if ($uri == '')
        {
            return $this->slash_item('secure_base_url').$this->item('index_page');
        }
        else
        {
            $suffix = ($this->item('url_suffix') == FALSE) ? '' : $this->item('url_suffix');
           return $this->slash_item('secure_base_url').$this->slash_item('index_page').preg_replace("|^/*(.+?)/*$|", "\\1", $uri).$suffix;
        }
    }

Now what we have…

Now what we have? We have secured versions of those function. You may now use them as their insecured version. Enjoy coding ;).

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