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How do I split on ',' followed by a capital letter?

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Contributed by Mina on Oct 20, 2000 at 18:07 UTC
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Description:

My record is something like this:

News, Product Information, Shopping information, Reference Materials (i.e. dictionaries), Research Materials (i.e. journals, databases), Educational, Hobby / Special Interest (i.e. genealogy, cooking), Financial Material

I'd like to split it by fields, but the commas in the parentheses are a problem.

My initial thought was to use split /,\ [A-Z]/; but would eat away the first letters of the fields.

Better ideas? (maybe the reg exp needs to be craftier, I don't know my brain has turned into jello).

~mina

Answer: How do I split on ',' followed by a capital letter?
contributed by japhy

You're on the right track. Use a positive look-ahead in your regex:

@fields = split /, (?=[A-Z])/, $string;

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