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Datatables + HTML 5 Export Buttons + Laravel-Mix (Webpack)

In the last days, I have experienced a problem trying to use Datatables and Bootstrap 4 with support for exporting results to Excel and PDF using Laravel-Mix. After hours and hours trying to put all scripts to work together, I finally win. So, I decide to write this little how to for those with same kind of troubles.

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Download Odin 3

Odin allows you to update your Android firmware without fuss.

Odin3 is a free PC (Windows) application which can flash (and root) some Android-based cell phones.

With Odin3, you can flash roms in your Samsung cell phone. You can install any supported version of the Android OS on your smartphone before your phone manufacturer has released an update, putting you on the bleeding edge of software. Once your phone has been rooted

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Using jQueryMask Plugin to format dates in different patterns

jQuery Mask Plugin is a great Javascript library to format fields for presentation and/or to force a properly input by users.

Here, I show how to deal with input or another HTML element to display dates when the source date has a different format from target element.


  • We have a datetime with Year-Month-Day Hour:Minute:Seconds and need to show only the Year/Month/Day part.
  • We have da date in Year-Month-Day and need to format to Day/Month/Year.

jQueryMask is very simple to use. It do not need to much to mask whatever you need. Take a look at examples on his website.

If you need to format a simple date field (even in a non-input element), just use the code below.

The code above can mask and pre-validate dates in YEAR/MONTH/DAY format.

With an input like

would be changed his value to 2018/06/11.

If you try to type another date (after clear, of course) you cannot begin with a number different from 1 or 2. This reason is that our mask have a translation to be done when allowing chars. If the pattern does not match, the char is erased.

The meaning of “TC99/M9/D9” mask is:

  • Must begin with 1 or 2 (Translation T: /[12]/ – Custom format)
  • Must have number 0 or 9 (Translation C: /[09]/ – Custom format)
  • Must have a number (any) (Translation 9 – MaskPlugin Core format)
  • Must have a number (any) (Translation 9 – MaskPlugin Core format)
  • A slash will be added automatic ( / )
  • Must have number 0 or 1 (Translation M: /[01]/ – Custom format)
  • Must have a number (any) (Translation 9: MaskPlugin Core format)
  • A slash will be added automatic ( / )
  • Must have number 0, 1, 2 or 3 (Translation D: /[0-3]/ – Custom format)
  • Must have a number (any) (Translation 9: MaskPlugin Core format)

Of course, there is no real validation. You can type “2999/19/39” and this is not a valid date, but is almost done.

So, to format in another way, just change mask parameter order.

But, if the source date is in a different pattern, like MONTH/DAY/YEAR, the mask do not work. The date output for “06/11/2018 15:40” will be weird “1018/15/0“.

To handle different date formats will be needed more than simple mask. We will need a function.

Look the code below

Now we have two more Translation Pattern (h and m). h means that the n-index position must have numbers 0, 1 or 2 and m numbers between 0 and 5. Keep in mind that CASE matters.

With the above code, we can format and show date in several ways. just change .test() and .replace() pattern to fill your desired pattern.

This is the code that I am using to format Database datetime fields with YEAR-MONTH-DAY HOUR:MINUTE:SECOND in html elements with DAY/YEAR/MONTH HOUR:MINUTE

With an input like

Output will be 11/06/2018 15:40

Hope this help you!

Binding several values in PDO SQL Statement (PDOStatement)

Sometimes we need to search a single value through several columns when building SQL instructions.

Suppose the table below

    • ID
    • COLUMN_A
    • COLUMN_B
    • COLUMN_C
    • COLUMN_D
    • COLUMN_E

If we need search a single value on columns B,D and E we will need use the following instruction

In PHP code we can do

Well, this can work but we know that isn’t the best approach. We need use Binding Values to avoid SQL injection and other malicious treats.

So, the code can be modified to

Much better, but, when building complex SQL instruction, things can be confusing with lots of arguments and don’t forget: ORDER MATTERS.

Happily PDO can bind values in different order when using named bindings.

Hmm, seems that this isn’t good enough. We only change the use of 1-indexed placeholder to a :named placeholder. There’s no gain beyond of code readable and the possibility to bind in any order.

Yes, but now we can do the best approach when using one unique search term in several columns. We can use only one bind to one or more :named placeholders ’cause PDO is smart and clever. Look our final code here.

Can save a lot of typing when writing many SQL instruction using same argument.