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Regular expression to extract a string

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I need to extract 1.50 in this string from the source code of the web page, or the entire line and then I'll parse it down to the 1.50.
<\/span>\n\n\n"},"MNN$":{"9303565":"$1.50"},"WARRANTY":{}}),

I am using Excel VBA.

Here is the function

Sub ExtractData()

Dim regEx
Dim i As Long
Dim pattern As String
Set regEx = CreateObject("VBScript.RegExp")
regEx.IgnoreCase = True
regEx.Global = True
regEx.pattern = "[what do I put in here?]"


End Sub
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Question by:rrhandle8
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by:rrhandle8
ID: 40319693
I should have add this clue. The string below is unique in the document

"MNN$":{"9303565":"$1.50"}
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by:aikimark
ID: 40319764
include the quotes in the expression.  You will need to double the quotes inside a string.
"$(\d+\.\d\d)"

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by:rrhandle8
ID: 40319789
First I need to extract the entire line from the html document.
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by:aikimark
ID: 40319812
no, you don't
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by:aikimark
ID: 40319816
If you need just that one item, among many similar items, use this pattern
{"9303565":"$(\d+\.\d\d)"}

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by:rrhandle8
ID: 40319866
OK. Thanks. I will try it.
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by:rrhandle8
ID: 40320007
regEx.pattern = "{"9303565":"$(\d+\.\d\d)"}"

Expect end of statement error
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by:aikimark
ID: 40320039
As I stated earlier, in order for a string literal to contain quote characters, the internal quote characters need to be doubled.
regEx.pattern = "{""9303565"":""$(\d+\.\d\d)""}"

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by:rrhandle8
ID: 40320063
That didn't work either.  
The 9303565 is a unique number, so I can understand why it does work on the items I an feeding.
The line would be like "MNN$":{"9303565":"$1.50"} where 9303565 changes, then the MNN$":{ is unique within the document.
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by:aikimark
ID: 40320083
That didn't work either.
Are you still getting an error message?
What string are you using for your pattern matching?  Are you sure it contains the 9303565 data?
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by:aikimark
ID: 40320104
I'm stepping away from the keyboard for a while.
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by:rrhandle8
ID: 40320131
9303565 is a unique number that changes on each web page.  I am looking for the $1.50 that is to the right of it.
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by:aikimark
ID: 40320332
the 1.50 will be in submatches(0)

If the number changes, then I should be able to alter the pattern to work in the general case if you tell me more about those values.
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by:rrhandle8
ID: 40321186
aikimark,  Thanks for the help.  I solved the problem using a different technique, but I would like to know how to do this with regular expressions.

There is only one line in the html that contains MNN$":{"9303565":"$1.50"}
The only thing that changes is the long number in the middle and the price.
There is always a long number in the middle, and a price at the end.
I have discovered that I need to extract long number in the middle and the price.
The regular expression should return (in this case) 9303565 and 1.50.
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aikimark earned 500 total points
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If it is the only price (currently formatted) value in these web pages, you can use the original pattern I posted. http:#a40319764


If you need to expand the match out to the curly brackets, you can use a modified version of what I posted in this comment: http:#a40320039
regEx.pattern = "{""\d+"":""$(\d+\.\d\d)""}"

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In both cases, Submatches(0) contains the data you seek.
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