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in thread Newbie parsing problem

\w only matches letters, digits and underscores. since the hyphen is a non-word (\W), that regex interprets it as a separator, so that the second part of the last name is considered the first name.
the following code supports hyphenated first and last names:
my ($last, $first, $middle) = ($name =~ /([\w-]+)\W*?([\w-]+)\W*(\w)?/);


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Re^6: Newbie parsing problem
by rtremaine (Acolyte) on Jan 26, 2007 at 15:12 UTC
    ahhh, I see! thanks again for all your help!