May 3, 2011
Noob question here. I'm overhauling some "Search" pages in a real estate website. I would like to be able to generate an unique ID (hash?) which contains in itself all the parameters of the search, e.g., the user would be given an URL in the form of [URL].... and loading this URL would repeat the exact same search.Some of the search parameters are simply one of several options, some are integers, and there are also keywords (which I'll just append after the ID, I guess). What's the general approach to cramming this data into a string? I'm fairly comfortable with PHP/MySQL, but my practical experience is next to none, so I don't know "how it's done".EDIT: I do not need the string to be random, and, indeed, I need the process to be two-way. Perhaps hash isn't the correct term, then. As for why - I'm doing this for the sake of brevity, since current URLs contain at least 22 GET parameters.
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