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PHP Enhancing a Simple PHP Application Adding Search: Model Using strpos: Searching for Cookie

How do i make sense of what the condition say?

First, i don't know if i am making sense of code in plain english and even if i am, its not working. What am i missing?


    $flavor = "Cookie Dough";
    $search_term = "vanila";
    //if string $search_term is in $flavour and is not false
    if (stripos($search_term,$flavor) !== false) {
        echo "Randy's favorite flavor of ice cream contains the search term '" . $search_term . "'.";

    } else {

        echo "Randy's favorite flavor of ice cream does NOT contain the search term '" . $search_term . "'.";



You have your stripos functions reversed. The array goes first and the second term is the search term.


To answer the logic question, if the haystack has a needle, then favorite ice cream is there. Else, haystack does not have needle.

Theodore Sumner Reversed how? needle in the haystack, its that order for same strpos ad stripos

1 Answer

From the PHP.net entry on stripos:

mixed stripos ( string $haystack , string $needle [, int $offset = 0 ] )

Haystack is first, then needle. The expression in common use is needle in a haystack, but the syntax for the code is search the haystack for a needle.