Thanks Jim. Works like a charm. Real sweet.

Would you explain what this line does?

   $out[$m[1]] = $m[2];

Learning is a real blast. Wish I would have jumped in a couple of years ago.
Thanks again.

Craig ><>

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Winstead [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 4:23 PM
Subject: Re: [PHP] data from service into array

Craig Westerman <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> I'm just now trying to learn PHP. I don't know ANYTHING about XML. I don't
> even have any XML reference books yet. I did create a PHP script that is
> usable (see below), but there has to be a more efficient way to do it with
> PHP. I'll hunt up your post on XML in the archives after I get a XML book.

the example you provided isn't xml. (it has some resemblance, but it isn't
xml.) here's a code snippet that will turn that format into an array:

$fp = fopen($url,"r");
if (!$fp) die("could not open URL");
$out = array();
while (!feof($fp)) {
  $line = fgets($fp,512);
  if (preg_match('!<(\w+?)>(.*?)</\1>!', $line, $m)) {
    $out[$m[1]] = $m[2];



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