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I agree that the requirements seem slightly misguided, but here is an attempt anyway. The approach is to make two subs, one that validates a year, month and date, and one that splits a number into all possible year,month and date combos and to pass to the first.

Its late, I'm tired, so this could definitely be improved, but its a start.

#!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; =pod yyyymmdd yyyyddmm ddmmyyyy mmddyyyy yymmdd yyddmm ddmmyy mmddyy =cut my %months = ( 1=>31, 2=>28, 3=>31, 4=>30, 5=>31, 6=>30, 7=>31, 8=>31, 9=>31, 10=>31, 11=>30, 12=>31 ); for (<DATA> ) { chomp; print "$_ "; print validate( $_ ) ? 'yep' : 'nope'; print "\n"; } sub validate_ymd { my ($y,$m,$d) = @_; # last minute addition / hack to make year 4 digit if ( length( $y ) == 2 ) { if ( $y > 3 ) { $y += 1900; } else { # close readers will see that these are equivalent... return 1 if validate_ymd( 1900 + $y, $m, $d ); return 1 if validate_ymd( 2000 + $y, $m, $d ); return 0; } } $y = int($y); $m=int($m); $d=int($d); return 0 if $y > 2003; return 0 if $y < 1900; my $leap = 0; if ( $m == 2 and !$y or !($y % 4) ) { $leap = 1; } return 0 unless exists $months{$m}; return 0 unless $d and $d <= $months{$m} + $leap; print " (y $y m $m d $d) "; return 1; } sub validate { my $date = shift; return 0 if $date =~ /\D/; my $length = length( $date ); return 0 unless $length == 6 or $length == 8; my @attempts; if ( $length == 6 ) { $date =~ /(..)(..)(..)/; push @attempts, [$1,$2,$3], [$1,$3,$2], [$3,$1,$2], [$3,$2,$1]; } elsif ( $length == 8 ) { $date =~ /(....)(..)(..)/; push @attempts, [$1,$2,$3], [$1,$3,$2]; $date =~ /(..)(..)(....)/; push @attempts, [$3,$1,$2], [$3,$2,$1]; } foreach ( @attempts ) { return 1 if validate_ymd( @$_ ); } return 0; } __DATA__ 20000229 19970229 29020300 291254 002902 19990223 101172

gives:

20000229 (y 2000 m 2 d 29) yep 19970229 nope 29020300 nope 291254 (y 1954 m 12 d 29) yep 002902 (y 1900 m 2 d 29) yep 19990223 (y 1999 m 2 d 23) yep 101172 (y 1972 m 10 d 11) yep

In reply to Re: Numeric Date Validation by qq
in thread Numeric Date Validation by booter

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