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PHP match only the start of a search

ScottNL1 asked
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
Making a search system and want to validate the following

the example string:

@sony #3154412 flat screen tv with big remote

When i enter in the text box #315 all the answers need to be with exact match match on the first four characters and open on the end. Same for @so

I ONLY need the match script that returns true or false. If possible provide example without using preg_match. But only if this is possible. Cheers

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