Brian Dunning's FileMaker Custom Functions

ParseDate ( text )

Returns the first valid date found from a text string.

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Vaughan Bromfield   Vaughan Bromfield

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  Sample input:
ParseDate( "CD Database 31/12/2008" )
  Sample output:

  Function definition: (Copy & paste into FileMaker's Edit Custom Function window)

This recursive function parses the supplied text and returns the first word that is a valid date. The function only recognises dates entered in the current system format. If there are no valid dates the function returns a null value.

To improve the success rate each word is filtered to remove non-numeric characters (except for potential date delimiters).



liverMD   liverMD, Newark NJ
Feb 8, 2010
Trying to set up this function in Edit custom function. My text field is designated "Import". When I try to save, I get the following message for ParseDate

ParseDate( RightWords( Import ; WordCount( Import ) - 1 ) )

"This Function cannot be found"

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