jmcmillan1873 has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi all,

I've just started to learn Perl and I'm trying to improve my knowledge.

I've written some code that will capture a string of text from between two points... specifically: <name> string-to-capture </name>
I just want to capture "string-to-capture" without the tags. The following code does that:
if ( $_ =~ m/<name>/ ) { $var1=$_; $var1 =~ /<name>(.*?)<\/name>/i; $var1 = $1; $var1 =~ s/ //g; print "$var1\n"; }
I imagine that there must be a better way of achieving this, could someone enlighten me please?