Just looking for a pointer or functions I can use to do this...

I have a spreadsheet with a couple thousand entries that I'll be using for
populating a MySQL database. The spreadsheet has names listed in "last,
first" - the database I'll be populating has separate fields for first and
last names.

I exported the names column from the spreadsheet in tab-delimited format and
I figured I could come up with a quick PHP script that would open the text
file, find each instance of ", ", take all that's before that delimiter and
move it after all that's after that delimiter, inserting a tab in between.
So "last, first" would become "first[tab]last".

So far, I've gotten:
        $filename = "NAMES.txt"; //name the file...
        $fp = fopen($filename,"r+"); //open it...
        echo "Reading $filename...";

        $contents = fread($filename, filesize($filename)); //read it...

        $names = explode("\n", $contents);

        foreach($names as $name);
        echo "$name<br>";


Obviously, I've written in some stuff just so I can see what I'm doing, the
echo in the foreach for example. But I'm stuck on what to use to actually
separate and rewrite each $name. I'm assuming I'll have to create a while()
or for() loop and use a regular expression for this? I'm not sure where to
look. Any help would be great - just so I won't have to go in and manually
separate first and last names. Thanks!

Jason Soza

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