Identifying first word in string

I have a variable containing a string of text.
Whats the easiest way of identifying the first word in the string (i.e. the charachters up to but not including the first space)?
Thanks
stummjAsked:
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SmartIntelCommented:
$string=~/([^\s]+)/;
print "$1";
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marchentCommented:

$str = "test string abcedef";
$str =~ /^\s*(\S+)/;
print "$1\n";

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stummjAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your reply.
Im not sure where I plug my varable into your solution though?
The string I'm trying to get the first word of is held in $textString
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SmartIntelCommented:
$textString=~/^([^\s]+)/;
$firstString=$1;

Now the first word is stored in $firstString.
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stummjAuthor Commented:
Sorry I still dont get it! Isnt that going to change the value of $textString?
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SmartIntelCommented:
No. It won't change the value of $textString. It will parse the first word from the $textString and stores it in $firstString. You can print it and check.
print "$firstString\n";

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stummjAuthor Commented:
Great - that works! Many thanks.
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ozoCommented:

$textString = "test string abcedef";
print $textString =~ /(\S+)/;
or
print ((split(/\s+/,$textString))[0]);

($firstString)  = $textString =~ /(\S+)/;
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