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 Hi Experts,
 
    I want to replace the following string embeded in an input line
   AFunctionName[startPosition , endPosition]  
   with
   SUBSTR(AFunctionName, startPosition , endPosition)
 
   match requirements:
   1.  space in AFunctionName[startPosition , endPosition],  before and after comma ","  is option;
   2. All names, AFunctionName, startPosition, endPosition are made of  word characters

   I wrote a method to parse it doesn't work, any help is appreciated.

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Question by:SarahDeng
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Richard Quadling earned 1200 total points
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Try this ...
StringBuffer resultString = new StringBuffer();
try {
	Pattern regex = Pattern.compile("(\\w+)\\[(\\w+) , (\\w+)\\]", Pattern.CASE_INSENSITIVE | Pattern.UNICODE_CASE | Pattern.MULTILINE);
	Matcher regexMatcher = regex.matcher(subjectString);
	while (regexMatcher.find()) {
		try {
			// You can vary the replacement text for each match on-the-fly
			regexMatcher.appendReplacement(resultString, "SUBSTR($1, $2, $3)");
		} catch (IllegalStateException ex) {
			// appendReplacement() called without a prior successful call to find()
		} catch (IllegalArgumentException ex) {
			// Syntax error in the replacement text (unescaped $ signs?)
		} catch (IndexOutOfBoundsException ex) {
			// Non-existent backreference used the replacement text
		} 
	}
	regexMatcher.appendTail(resultString);
} catch (PatternSyntaxException ex) {
	// Syntax error in the regular expression
}

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by:SarahDeng
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Can't expect better and quicker than this!
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by:SarahDeng
ID: 24055341
Hi RQuadling,
Oops! there is one exception.
It doesn't work when there is no space before and after the ","
example:
 No space in AFunctionName[startPosition,endPosition],  before and after comma ","
I change the expression to the following, it doesn't work for me.  Could you help again? Thanks!
 "(\\w+)\\[(\\w+)(\\s*),(\\s*) (\\w+)\\]",
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by:Richard Quadling
ID: 24055392
Try this ...
StringBuffer resultString = new StringBuffer();
try {
	Pattern regex = Pattern.compile("(\\w+)\\[(\\w+)\\s+?,\\s+?(\\w+)\\]", Pattern.CASE_INSENSITIVE | Pattern.UNICODE_CASE | Pattern.MULTILINE);
	Matcher regexMatcher = regex.matcher(subjectString);
	while (regexMatcher.find()) {
		try {
			// You can vary the replacement text for each match on-the-fly
			regexMatcher.appendReplacement(resultString, "SUBSTR($1, $2, $3)");
		} catch (IllegalStateException ex) {
			// appendReplacement() called without a prior successful call to find()
		} catch (IllegalArgumentException ex) {
			// Syntax error in the replacement text (unescaped $ signs?)
		} catch (IndexOutOfBoundsException ex) {
			// Non-existent backreference used the replacement text
		} 
	}
	regexMatcher.appendTail(resultString);
} catch (PatternSyntaxException ex) {
	// Syntax error in the regular expression
}

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by:SarahDeng
ID: 24055491
I tried... It doesn't work with the case that no space before and after the ","
Like this.
string_variable[startPosition,endPostion]

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by:SarahDeng
ID: 24055529
Changed the expression to
"(\\w+)\\[(\\w+)\\s*,\\s*(\\w+)\\]"
it works.
Can you explain why?
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by:Richard Quadling
ID: 24057754
Ah Yes.

\s+\s*

Options: case insensitive; ^ and $ match at line breaks

Match a single character that is a whitespace character (spaces, tabs, line breaks, etc.) «\s+?»
   Between one and unlimited times, as few times as possible, expanding as needed (lazy) «+?»

Match a single character that is a whitespace character (spaces, tabs, line breaks, etc.) «\s*»
   Between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy) «*»


I was assuming at least 1 space. Sorry.
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