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For a project I’ve been working on I needed to use preg_match quite a bit. But I got really tired of having to punch in several lines, so I cooked up this little snippet to pull out a specific match group.

 * Shortcut to doing regex without needing to worry about $matches
 * @param type $pattern
 * @param type $search
 * @param type $group
function preg_search($pattern, $search, $group=1) {
    if (preg_match($pattern, $search, $matches)) {
        if (isset($matches[$group])) {
            return $matches[$group];
        return false; 
    return false; 

$pattern and $search work just like normal preg_match. The $group parameter tells it which matching group to return, if it exists. If it doesn’t exist, it returns false.

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