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Adding Search: Model > Using stripos: Starts with R > task 2 of 2

After completing task 1 of 2, the task simply asks you to change two variables to two defined values to test the code. When I do this, it says;

Oops! It looks like Task 1 is no longer passing...

4 Answers

Hi Randy. Sure.


$var1 = "Rocky Road";
$var2 = "Raspberry";
$initial = "R";

if (strpos($var1,$initial) == 1 && strpos($var2,$initial) == 1) {

    echo $var1 . " and " . $var2 . " both start with " . $initial . ".";

} else {

    echo "Either " . $var1 . " or " . $var2 . " doesn't start with " . $initial . "; maybe neither of them do.";


Randy Hoyt
Randy Hoyt
Treehouse Guest Teacher

It looks like you made the wrong change in step 1 to get it to pass. You need to use the stripos function, but something else needs to change. Why would it think that broccoli starts with R? What number does the stripos function return if a word does start with the letter specified?

Hint: Does broccoli have an R anywhere in it? Not at the beginning but somewhere else?


A forehead slap moment....

You had it set as

if (stripos($var1,$initial) == 1 && stripos($var2,$initial) == 1) {

so replacing == 1 with == 0, it is now checking that the returned number from the stripos function matches the first character as apposed to the second character.

Thanks for your help. Look forward to your next installments Randy! learned more in the past 7 days then I have in 7 months.