Thought I has this figured out especially after all the help i received?

Posted on 16th Feb 2014 07:03 pm by admin

Cags, Salathe, Daniel helped me with this yesterday, but not sure i took it all in.
I am attempting to open the URL and grab all the links within using preg_match_all

The problem is Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_ECHO in C:xamppxampphtdocstest4.php on line 13

Code: [Select] <?php
function curlURL($url) {
$curl = curl_init();
curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_USERAGENT, 'Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20070219 Firefox/');
$output = curl_exec($curl);
return $output;

$curlResults = curlURL("");
preg_match_all #<a href="(/[a-z]{3}/d{10}.html)">#, $matches;
echo ($matches);

I think i may be having a rather tough time grasping the [1] idea. I mean can't i just hold the exact matches? Do i need to add the 2 parameters? Sorry if i sound like a broken record. I started with C++ months ago and now trying my hand at php which to me seems a bit tougher to grasp. I really want to become great at php so i refuse to give up.

I appreciate the help with this inquiry, but also would like your thoughts on the BEST way to learn php without becoming overwhelmed. I have read 2 php and mysql books. Maybe i should be spending more time farting around with client code?

I know when learning C++ i spent most time playing with code and it seemed to do the trick, but with php i thought i could just jump in and the syntax would be familiar. Although it is somewhat similar it is also confusing as hell to me. Things like ".." and '...' seem to be different in php as are others. Anyhow you guys obviously got past the hurdles and i would like some encouragement/guidance as to what really helped you become the great helpers you are now. I would love to be able to answer others questions. That must feel great!

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