How to I extract text between the "<>" tags?

Suppose I have this a variable with this value:

$eFrom = ""Joe Buck" <>";

What's the quickest way function that would allow me to extract the text between the <> tags?

In the above example, I'd like the end result to be:

$result = ""

I was thinking regular expressions, but struggle with writing them so I though someone here could assist.  Or maybe there is a better solution.
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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:

You could get it with ...

if (preg_match('/<([^>]*)>/', $eFrom, $regs)) {
      $result = $regs[1];
} else {
      $result = "";

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.


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jrramAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I'll try it out.

This is a longer solution I just created:

function getIT($e)
      $cp_from = strpos($e, "<", 0) + 1;
      $cp_to = strpos($e, ">", $cp_from);

        $cp_len = $cp_to - $cp_from;

      $e = substr($e, $cp_from, $cp_len);

      return $e;
jrramAuthor Commented:
Thanks b0lsc0tt,

Any sites you recommend that gives a good explanation of regular expressions.  I've Googled for it haven't come up with anything that explains it well.

b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
Your welcome!  I'm glad I could help.

One of the best helps for learning or making expressions is RegexBuddy (  That site also has a tutorial or manual that can be a great tool for learning regular expressions.  It comes with the program but I believe is available separately.  If you will be making expressions or are interested in them then the program is worth every penny.

The best source for learning or instructions is a book called Master Regular Expression by Jeff Freidl (  It is commonly thought of as the "bible" of regular expressions.

Some of my other favorite regex sites are: - Not just regex but some great blogs on them - A super Javascript based regex tester

Finally, the Regex zone on this site has some great expression experts and a lot of questions that can really help those that need it.

Thanks for the grade, the points and the fun question.  I hope this info helps too.

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