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Strip leading spaces, reformat string

My program receives numbers that are 17 bites long, with leading spaces....For example,
$number1= "          -3.0000";
$number2= "        -127.0000";
$number3= "           2.5000";

If the number is negative, I need to print like this:
(3.0000) and (127.0000)

Is there a one liner to do this?  I have hundreds of numbers, what's speediest for processing?


 
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oleberCommented:
try

my $number1= "          -3.0000";
$number1 =~s/[ -]//g;
print $number1;
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isaranaAuthor Commented:
oleber-
Thanks, that does the stripping and prints out 3.0000.....is there an easy way to add an open parentheses at the beginning and and close parenthesis at the end so it prints (3.0000)?  I'll give you the points either way...
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oleberCommented:
my $number1= "          -3.0000";
$number1 =~s/[ -]//g;
$number1 = "($number1)";
print $number1;
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isaranaAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I should have got that last part, I think I'm brain dead....
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