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You have a perl string containing this text:

"Jones, James", "Smith, Susan", Spot

The goal: split the string on the commas--but not where the commas are inside double quote marks.

A natural first thought might be to use split(). However, the code:

 my @pieces = split /,/, $string;

will split the string on every comma, giving you the pieces:

  • "Jones
  • James"
  • "Smith
  • Susan"
  • Spot

The function quotewords() is in a module called Text::ParseWords, which is found here:

http://perldoc.perl.org/Text/ParseWords.html

and quotewords() accepts a list of lines and a delimiter and

breaks those lines up into a list of words ignoring delimiters that appear inside quotes.

In addition, if the second argument to quotewords() is false, e.g. 0, then quotewords() will strip the quote marks surrounding any of the pieces.

By looking at the result of the join():

Jones, James & Smith, Susan & Spot

you can tell what quotewords() returned as the pieces:

  • Jones, James
  • Smith, Susan
  • Spot

In reply to Re: Use of Text::ParseWords by 7stud
in thread Use of Text::ParseWords by blackgoat

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