Regex Expression with Excel VBA

Posted on 2015-01-09
Last Modified: 2015-01-11
How to modify the regex expression in order to handle an additional case, -93ASV-0.59 and break it down into 3 parts:
(1) -93
(2) ASV
(3) -0.59
    Set regex = CreateObject("VBScript.RegExp")
    regex.Pattern = "(\d+)([A-Z]+)(\d+.\d+)"
    If regex.test(theString) Then
        Set matches = regex.Execute(theString)
        arr(0) = matches.Item(0).SubMatches(0)
        arr(1) = matches.Item(0).SubMatches(1)
        arr(2) = matches.Item(0).SubMatches(2)
        getPart = arr
    End If

    arr(0) = 11
    arr(1) = AFD
    arr(2) = 7.69
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Is there any reference for Regex expression for VBA ? Is the syntax is the similar as other language ?

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What's mean for -?, no need to add \ in front of it ?

Is there nay reference on the regex usage ? I can't find the meaning for "-"  ? Tks
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A dash has no special meaning in Regex so does not need to be escaped with the back-slash.

"-?" is looking for zero or more dashes so that the pattern -?\d+ will match -93 or 93.
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by:Wayne Taylor (webtubbs)
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A good article on Regex in VBA, written by Excel genius Patrick Matthews, can be found here.
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"-?" is looking for zero or one dashes
"-*" would look for zero or more dashes
"-+" would look for one or more dashes

A dash can have special meaning inside [],  e.g. "[A-Z]"

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