Using Soundex to find Duplicate Database Entries

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Benches on a website. One is called "Bertie" the other "Bert".

Our community website – OpenBenches – has over seventeen thousand crowd-sourced entries. The nature of user-generated content is that there are bound to be duplicates. Especially around popular walking routes. Here’s how I culled around 200 duplicates using the awesome power of SOUNDEX! Soundex is a clever algorithm for reducing a string of characters into…

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HOWTO: Regenerate Gravatars in WordPress

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The Logo for WordPress

A troublesome plugin recently corrupted some of the avatars on my blog’s comments. This is a quick HOWTO for regenerating them. Gravatars are based on the MD5 hash of a user’s email. For some reason, the plugin had overwritten the avatar field with the text http://identicon This MySQL query finds all the comment IDs which…

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Open Source Shakespeare (in MySQL)

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My good friend Richard Brent has often complained that my blog has very little Shakespeare content. Despite the domain name, I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about The Big S. For shame! Fear not, my Brentish-Boy, this post is all about Shakespeare. And MySQL…. Ahem… When I first started shkspr.mobi it was intended to be…

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