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PHP and MySQL® Web Development, Fourth Edition by Laura Thomson, Luke Welling

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4 String Manipulation and Regular Expressions

IN THIS CHAPTER, WE DISCUSS HOW YOU can use PHP’s string functions to format and manipulate text. We also discuss using string functions or regular expression functions to search (and replace) words, phrases, or other patterns within a string.

These functions are useful in many contexts. You often may want to clean up or reformat user input that is going to be stored in a database. Search functions are great when building search engine applications (among other things).

Key topics covered in this chapter include

Image  Formatting strings

  Joining and splitting strings

  Comparing strings

  Matching and ...

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