[tpm] Regex assistance

legrady legrady at gmail.com
Thu Aug 11 10:22:30 PDT 2016

How about if you split () on Co. Mas, and then just check the elements of the array for the values you want?
You pattern captures into separate variables : two digits, a dot, two digits, a dot, another two digits.  From your description you want to the whole thing: 
      /(\d{2}\.\d {2}\.\d {2})/
OR a bit sloppily,  but valid 
It matches non valid strings,  but you say those won't happen. Or by adding an 'x' flag, you can comment your regex. 
    / (                     # capture        [0-9.] {8}      # 8 chars which are digit or dot        ) /'

Probably more useful in more complex instances.

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-------- Original message --------From: Rob Janes <janes.rob at gmail.com> Date: 2016-08-11  11:29  (GMT-05:00) To: Chris Jones <cj at enersave.ca> Cc: toronto-pm at pm.org Subject: Re: [tpm] Regex assistance 
^,* in front then |(\d\d\.\d\d\d),*$ after?
Ok replace bar with ,.*,
On Aug 11, 2016 10:38 AM, "Chris Jones" <cj at enersave.ca> wrote:

Hello Perl Mongers,

I am looking for assistance with a regex. I have a bunch of strings in for form:

"01.03.16,,Studio one, Space 22,1         500,500,01.051,,"


",01.03.16,,Studio one, Space 22,1         500,500,01.051,"


",01.03.16,,Studio one, Space 22,1         500,500,01.051,,"


",01.03.16,,Studio one, Space 22, ,01.051,,"

So the middle section can be one or more comma separated strings.

I am trying to match and return the first non-blank pattern and the last non-blank pattern

01.03.16 and 01.051 – these numbering formats are always the same: xx.xx.xx and yy.yyy

So far I have a regex that matches the first pattern:


In any of those above example.

I am stuck after that.

Any insights appreciated!


Chris Jones

14 Oneida Avenue

Toronto, ON M5J 2E3



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