Monty, > Is preg_replace() the best PHP command to use for parsing custom codes in > text retrieved from a database (e.g., turning "[link= ]" into "<a href= >")?
It is conventional wisdom that the PCRE functions are faster than their EREG cousins. However because/if you can guarantee that your 'template' links are in a particular case then string functions (str_replace) are fastest if all. Best of all, it is easy to perform multiple replaces (of the same substrings) on multiple replace-pairs. NB case sensitivity! RTFM http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.str-replace.php: ----- This function returns a string or an array with all occurences of search in subject replaced with the given replace value. If you don't need fancy replacing rules, you should always use this function instead of ereg_replace() or preg_replace(). In PHP 4.0.5 and later, every parameter to str_replace() can be an array. ----- Regards, =dn -- PHP General Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) To unsubscribe, visit: http://www.php.net/unsub.php