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Hi everyone,

I'm relatively new to PHP, and I'm currently trying to understand the `explode` function. I've come across a specific use case that I'm having trouble with.

I have a string that contains multiple words separated by an asterisk (`*`). I know that `explode` is typically used to split a string into an array using a specified delimiter, but how can I use it to split a string using an asterisk?

For example, let's say I have the following string: "apple*banana*cherry". I want to split this string into an array so that each element contains each fruit separately. How can I achieve this with `explode`?

I've tried using the asterisk as the delimiter directly (`explode("*", $string)`), but it doesn't seem to work properly. It just returns the original string as a single element in the resulting array.

I'd greatly appreciate it if someone could guide me on how to handle this situation correctly. Is there a specific regular expression or additional steps I need to consider to make `explode` work with asterisks?

Thank you in advance for your help!

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Hello fellow PHP enthusiasts,

I've encountered a similar scenario where I needed to separate a string using an asterisk in PHP using the `explode` function. Though the previous suggestion of escaping the asterisk with `\*` might work in some cases, there's actually a simpler approach.

Instead of dealing with regular expressions and escaping characters, you can pass the asterisk as it is to the `explode` function. In PHP, the `explode` function treats the delimiter as a string, and asterisks can be used directly without any special handling.

For instance, if you have the string "apple*banana*cherry", you can split it into an array using `explode("*", $string)`. PHP will recognize the asterisk as the separator and give you an array with individual fruit elements.

I hope this alternative perspective helps you in your PHP endeavors. If you have any further questions or need assistance, feel free to ask.

Happy coding!

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Hey there,

I've had a similar situation before where I needed to split a string using an asterisk with `explode` in PHP. To make it work, you need to remember that the asterisk is a special character in regular expressions, so you'll need to escape it with a backslash.

In your case, the explode call should look like this: `explode("\*", $string)`. By using `\*`, you're telling PHP to split the string using a literal asterisk, rather than treating it as a special character.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions or need more clarification. Good luck with your PHP journey!

User 1

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