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Re: Re: splitting a number into several numbers

by perlkid (Novice)
on Jul 05, 2002 at 19:10 UTC ( #179709=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: splitting a number into several numbers
in thread splitting a number into several numbers

That's awesome Blake, like your solution :)
But what "grep length" does in here? 

the following:
my @vars = split /(..?)/, $str ;

 12 34 56 
^ there is one space here, why?

and grep length get rid of the space, how that magic works?

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Re3: splitting a number into several numbers
by blakem (Monsignor) on Jul 05, 2002 at 20:01 UTC
    Normally split is used to extract the stuff between delimiters. The delimiters are tossed aside, and the resulting list doesn't contain them. However, this behavior can be modified, and we can keep the delimiters if we want to:

    From the split documentation:

    If the PATTERN contains parentheses, additional array elements are cre +ated from each matching substring in the delimiter. split(/([,-])/, "1-10,20", 3); produces the list value (1, '-', 10, ',', 20)
    In my example, the delimiters are the parts we want to keep, the stuff between the delimiters is empty and needs to be thrown away. Without the grep, the list you're getting back is actually
    ('', 12, '', 34, '', 56, '')
    Where 12,34,56 are the delimiters matched by the regex and the empty strings are the "data" between the delimiters. Obviously those empty strings have got to go, so we get rid of them by grepping out things that have no length.


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