PHP String operations

Hi I need a PHP function that will located these tags {} and replace them with some content.{id1}&myvar2={id2}&myvar1={id3}&myvar2={id4}

For instance myvar2={id2} must be replaced with myvar2=$my_row('id2') etc...

So it must locate {} and grab whatever is in between (i.e. id2) and use it with mysql.

Here's what the final result must look like:

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What about using str_replace function:


// Provides: You should eat pizza, beer, and ice cream every day
$phrase  = "You should eat fruits, vegetables, and fiber every day.";
$healthy = array("fruits", "vegetables", "fiber");
$yummy   = array("pizza", "beer", "ice cream");

$newphrase = str_replace($healthy, $yummy, $phrase);


Does that work for you?
GagikAuthor Commented:
it will not work right away because I never know what asre these tags.
i first must make a search in order to make alist of all existing tags, i.e. {id1}, {id2}, {id3}... and then I will be able to replace it.
id1, id2, id3 ... they all correspond to a field in MySQL table. after having located these tags I will replace these parts of the string with $row['id1'], $row['id2'], $row['id3']...

So the first step is to find a way of making a list of these tags. I must refer to these brackets {}
Here's a sample of how to extract the pattern and values from a string.

$sample_html = "<pre><b>bold text {12} </b><a href=howdy.html>click me here {18}</a></pre>";
echo 'Sample_html_string = ' . $sample_html . '<br />';

echo 'Goal: Find all curly braces and values between them.<br />';

/* match all curly brace patterns, and the values between them */
preg_match_all("/{(.*?)}/", $sample_html, $matches);

echo '<br />Done!<br /><br />Pattern match dump....<br />';

/* See matched pattern */

echo '<br /><br />Values within the braces dump...<br />';

/* See matched pattern value */

Does that help at all?


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GagikAuthor Commented:
I created my own 2 functions. I'm going to try your code too though because it looks simpler. Here's mine:

	private function getQueryStringTags($str){
		$qsTags = array();
		//print '<br />'.$str.'<br />';
		while( $beg < strlen($str) ){
			$beg = strpos($str, '{', $beg);		
			$end = strpos($str, '}', $end+1);		
			array_push($qsTags, substr($str, $beg+1, $end-$beg-1) );
			$beg = $end+1;
		//print_r($qsTags).'<br />';
		return $qsTags;		
	private function replaceTags( $str, $row, $qsTags ){
		foreach( $qsTags as $key => $val ){
			$str = str_replace('{'.$val.'}', $row[$val], $str);			
		return $str;		

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