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PickAPart__cf ( _text ; _partNumber )

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Matthew Leering, CoreSolutions Software Inc.

Will return the specified _partNumber within delimited _text

Sample Input:
PickAPart__cf ( "A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H" ; 5 )
Sample Output:

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To search a string of text with the delimiter defined below, and return only a particular part number from that text

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Looks over complicated

how about

getvalue( substitute( _text;"|";"¶");_partNumber)

extending that you could even included a parameter for the delimiter

Tim, Scotland
October 02, 2013 2:13pm

Your solution is excellent Tim!
It's very easy to understand exactly what it's doing, and is efficient also.
The only drawback I can see to it is that it won't support parts that have hard-returns.

Matthew Leering, Canada
October 03, 2013 6:08am

... and yours will not work if the pipe is part of the part number :-))

William, Seattle
October 03, 2013 8:27am

Of course, this custom function does let you swap out the delimiter for any other character or set of characters you deem fit.

Matthew Leering, Canada
October 03, 2013 8:29am

Ok, a solution

PickAPart__cf ( _text ; _partNumber ; delimiter)

let( _useText=case( delimiter="¶"; _text; substitute( _text;"¶"; "x§§x§§x");

substitute( getvalue( substitute( _useText ; delimiter ;"¶");_partNumber); "§§x§§";"¶")

Tim, Scotland
October 04, 2013 3:04pm

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