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JavaScript/REGEX: Get content from between two points in string using function

Posted on 2014-03-30
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I want to be able to use this in a function.  Now the "English" results are always returned.

function getStuff(data, language) {
 return data.match(/{\[English\]}(.*){\[\/English\]}/)[1];
}

alert( getStuff('{[Spanish]}Hola{[/Spanish]}{[English]}Hello{[/English]}{[Italian]}Ciao{[/Italian]}', 'English') );
// Should alert "Hello"

alert( getStuff('{[Spanish]}Hola{[/Spanish]}{[English]}Hello{[/English]}{[Italian]}Ciao{[/Italian]}', 'Italian') );
// Should alert "Ciao"

alert( getStuff('{[Spanish]}Hola{[/Spanish]}{[English]}Hello{[/English]}{[Italian]}Ciao{[/Italian]}', 'XYZ') );
// Should alert ""
// (Empty with no error because there is no match for XYZ.

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Question by:hankknight
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by:szgal
szgal earned 200 total points
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With the RegExp class constructor, you can dynamically create regexp objects, so your function will look like this:
function getStuff(data, language) {
 return data.match(new RegExp('/{\[' + language + '\]}(.*){\[\/' + language + '\]}/'))[1];
}

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by:mankowitz
ID: 39965223
function getStuff(data, language) {
    var re = new RegExp("{\\\[" + language + "\\\]}(.*){\\\[\\\/" + language + "\\\]}");
 return re.exec(data)[1];
}
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by:mankowitz
ID: 39965226
Ahhh. you beat me to it. Anyway, I like szgal's approach better. It's cleaner.
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by:hankknight
ID: 39965244
Both ideas posted so far return errors for the last text!

Please test this:
alert( getStuff('{[Spanish]}Hola{[/Spanish]}{[English]}Hello{[/English]}{[Italian]}Ciao{[/Italian]}', 'XYZ') );
// Should alert ""
// (Empty with no error because there is no match for XYZ.

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mankowitz earned 1800 total points
ID: 39965247
function getStuff(data, language) {
    var re = new RegExp("{\\\[" + language + "\\\]}(.*){\\\[\\\/" + language + "\\\]}");
    var ret=re.exec(data);
    return ret && ret[1] || "";
}
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