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replace string template in php

Hi ,
In php I have a returned string as
$message='Enter message[phone][lastname][lastname][firstname]'

How do I replace the  [ ] with actual values like
$phone='424234' and needs to go where [phone] is;

  $phone='4444';
   str_replace('[phone]',$phone,$template) ;
'didnt work'
 and so the message will now have the data values inserted?
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jagguy
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Here is a demo page that shows how to do it.  It is self-contained, it POSTs to itself.
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
 "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">

<html>
<head>
<title>Template Replace</title>
</head>
<body>
<h1>Template Replace</h1>
<?php 
echo $message='Enter message [phone] [lastname] [firstname]<br>';
if (!isset($_POST["phone"]))  $phone = ''; else $phone = substr($_POST["phone"],0,64);
if (!isset($_POST["lastname"]))  $lastname = ''; else $lastname = substr($_POST["lastname"],0,64);
if (!isset($_POST["firstname"]))  $firstname = ''; else $firstname = substr($_POST["firstname"],0,64);
if (!isset($_POST["submit"]))  $submit = ''; else $submit = substr($_POST["submit"],0,64);

$msg2 = $message;
$msg2 = str_replace('[phone]',$phone,$msg2);
$msg2 = str_replace('[lastname]',$lastname,$msg2);
$msg2 = str_replace('[firstname]',$firstname,$msg2);

echo $msg2."<br>";
?>
<form action="#" method="post">
<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" summary="">
<tr><td>phone</td>
<td>
<input type="text" name="phone" value="4444" />
</td></tr>
<tr><td>lastname</td>
<td>
<input type="text" name="lastname" value="lastname" />
</td></tr>
<tr><td>firstname</td>
<td>
<input type="text" name="firstname" value="firstname" />
</td></tr>
<tr><td>&nbsp;</td>
<td>
<input type="submit" name="submit" value="Submit" />
</td></tr>
</table>
</form>
</body>
</html>

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Chris StanyonCommented:
Here's an option using regular expression (preg_replace):

<?php
$message = 'Enter message [phone] [lastname] [firstname]';

$patterns = array(
	'/\[phone\]/',
	'/\[lastname\]/',
	'/\[firstname\]/'
);

$replacements = array(
	'123456',
	'stanyon',
	'chris'
);

echo preg_replace($patterns, $replacements, $message);

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Ray PaseurCommented:
It looks like you're dealing with string data.  This is good background information:
http://php.net/manual/en/language.types.string.php#language.types.string.details

PHP has HEREDOC notation that is useful for templates.  Heed, but do not be put off by the warning on the man page.
http://php.net/manual/en/language.types.string.php#language.types.string.syntax.heredoc

To see how it works, follow the $name and $phone variables in this script.
http://iconoun.com/demo/temp_jagguy.php

<?php // demo/temp_jagguy.php

/**
 * See: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/Scripting/PHP/Q_28618134.html
 */
ini_set('display_errors', TRUE);
ini_set('log_errors',     TRUE);
error_reporting(E_ALL);


// A DATA SET THAT WE NEED IN OUR OUTPUT STRING
$name  = 'JagGuy';
$phone = '424234';

// DEMONSTRATE THE USE OF HEREDOC TEMPLATES
$template = <<<EOD
<p>
This is a message to $name<br>
The phone $phone is here!
</p>
EOD;

// SHOW THE TEMPLATE WITH THE INCLUDED DATA SET
echo $template;

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