filtering data in cgi

if i had a data file with the following contents

DAY;YEAR;MONTH;DATE
MON;2003;APR;23
TUE;2002;MAY;13
WED;1999;SEPT;8
TUE;2003;OCT;15
SAT;2001;APR;30

how would i display only the records whose months are equal to APR

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inq123Commented:
Hi plennon,

Using the code I posted earlier and modifying it a bit (adding an if statement) to suit your new purpose:

# here print your heading, you already have the code
open(IN, "filename.dat");
$_ = <IN>; # get rid of first line
while(<IN>)
{
 if(/;APR;[^;]+$/i) # if the second last element delimited by ; is APR (/i means case-insensitive)
 {
   chomp; # get rid of \n at end
   s/;/<\/td><td>/g; # replace ; with "</td><td>"
   print "<tr><td>$_</td></tr>\n";
 }
}
# here you can end your <table> tag by printing </table>

Cheers!
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plennonAuthor Commented:
what if i wanted to have 12 checkboxes one for each month and only display the records for the months that have been checked
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inq123Commented:
The answer to your latest question depends on some assumptions on how your page/form is made, so I took the time to simply write a full cgi script for you that's fully tested and works well:

#!/usr/bin/perl
use CGI qw/:standard/;

if (param())
{
  $month = join('|', param('month'));
  print header,
        start_html('Results'),
        h1("Here are the data you requested\n");
        hr;
  print "<table border=1 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=1><tr><td><b>day</b></td><td><b>year</b></td><td><b>month</b></td><td><b>date</b></td></tr>\n";
  open(IN, "filename.dat");
  $_ = <IN>; # get rid of first line
  while(<IN>)
  {
   if(/;$month;[^;]+$/i) # if the second last element delimited by ; is APR (/i means case-insensitive)
   {
     chomp; # get rid of \n at end
     s/;/<\/td><td>/g; # replace ; with "</td><td>"
     print "<tr><td>$_</td></tr>\n";
   }
  }
  print "</table>\n";
}
else
{
  print header,
        start_html('A Simple Example'),
        h1('A Simple Example'),
        start_form,
        "What's the month that you want? ",p,
        checkbox_group( -name=>'month',
                        -values=>['jan','feb','mar','apr','may','jun','jul','aug','sept','oct','nov','dec'],
                        -defaults=>['apr'],
                        -linebreak=>'true'
                       ), p,
        submit,
        end_form,
        hr;
}
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