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Old 12-22-2011, 11:29 AM   #1
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setting new variable to regex of another without changing the other variable in perl

currently i have a Variable named $name which contains "JOHN,SMITH".
What i'm looking to do is take the first letter of the first and last name and assign it to another variable without changing $name.
what i tried was this:
$OF = $name =~ s/^(.).*,(.).*/$1$2/;
so what i'm getting is a value of 1 for $OF and name is changing to JS.
how do i get $OF to be JS and $name to stay "JOHN,SMITH"

Edit: figured it out:

($OF = $name) =~ s/^(.).*,(.).*/$1$2/;

Last edited by Eppo; 12-22-2011 at 11:56 AM. Reason: Solved
Old 12-22-2011, 02:35 PM   #2
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Hi Eppo,

it becomes more obvious what you want to achieve when you split the name at first and then use a regex for each word, here's the example:

use strict ;
use warnings ;

my $john = "John,Smith" ;

my @name = split ",", $john ;

my $name ;
foreach $name (@name) {
   $name =~ m/(^.)/ ;
   print $1 ;


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