split into two strings

hi guys

I have a question

I have
var period:String = 'June-2009 (CANCEL)';
I want to split into two strings
string1 should be 'June'  
and string2  should be '2009'
I have
var Pair:Array = period.split("-");
var string1 = period[0]; -- //should be  June
var string2 = period[1];-- //should be 2009

any idea how i can do that?

thanks
royjaydAsked:
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petiexCommented:
just change
var Pair:Array = period.split("-");
to this:
var Pair:Array = period.split(/-| /);
that should give you a 3-item array with June in item 0, 2009 in item 1, and (CANCEL) in item 3.
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royjaydAuthor Commented:
ok. but little confused

period.split(/-| /);


what are these characters  /  -  |   /

thx
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petiexCommented:
That's a regular expression. The slashes (/) denote beginning and end of the expression. Then the expression "-| " means hyphen or space. So the split function will parse either a hyphen or a space as a delimiter in creating the array.
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