PHP RegEx: Match the Beginning of the String

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In previous tutorial we match the given string. Now we are going to match at the beginning of the given string.

  1. <?php
  2. // make a string
  3. $string = 'Ronard';
  5. echo "<b>String: </b>".$string."<br>";
  6. // match the beginning of the string
  7. if(preg_match("/^Ron/", $string))
  8. {
  9. // if it matches we display this line
  10. echo 'The string begins with Ron';
  11. }
  12. else
  13. {
  14. // if no match is found display this line
  15. echo 'No match found';
  16. }
  17. ?>

The regex character to read beginning is the caret (^). Then we see if the string given begin with Ron.
The forward slashes (/) we see are the delimeter that hold our regex pattern. And the quotations are used to 'wrap it all'.
Then we see the (^) will put as the beggining of the string.

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