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Better? Who knows? That depends on your intent, your data, etc.

More concise (and less reliance on $_... which is easy to overuse):

#!/usr/bin/perl use 5.014; # 988698 my $str = "yada yada <name> string-to-capture </name> foo bar baz"; if ( $str =~ m!<name>(.*?)<\/name>! ) { my $var1=$1; $var1 =~ s/ //g; # removing spaces? print "$var1\n"; }

However, if the actual "tags" are intended to be html, xml or suchlike, your "better way" almost certainly involves using an appropriate parser.


In reply to Re: Editing the contents of a variable by ww
in thread Editing the contents of a variable by jmcmillan1873

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