Exploding a string with value separators to an array in CiviCRM

CiviCRM stores its multiselect custom field values in the database by concatenating the values, e.g. like this

*value1*value2*

(I replaced the CRM_Core_DAO::VALUE_SEPARATOR by * because the real unicode character, #&01, does not show anything sensible.)

This represents

(
    [0] => value1
    [1] => value2
)

Now if you just use explode(CRM_Core_DAO::VALUE_SEPARATOR, $value), you get

(
    [0] =>
    [1] => value1
    [2] => value2
    [3] =>
)

This is probably not wat you want. What you really want to do, is

CRM_Utils_Array::explodePadded($value)

I just put this in a blog post, because I always forget, and Google doesn't seem to know.

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