Splitting a fixed width array

  • 31 January 2022
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I’ve been working with some fixed width records recently and one of the tasks was to split a string field into an array of like sized strings. The problem however seemed insurmountable using the field splitter stage as a delimiter is required. I ended up using the Jython evaluator to accomplish the task. Later on, I happened across an article talking about a similar problem in the context of using the Java regular expression engine. The article provided a solution using the \G boundary match combined with a look behind.

For example:  (?<=\G.{4})

When used in the field splitter stage this regex will split the string into equal length parts that are 4 characters in size.  The regex essentially creates a zero length delimiter which enforces a 4 character separation between the last delimiter and the current one.

Shame on me for loosing the url for the original article. If I come across it again I will be sure to site it here.


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Thanks @mblahay for sharing. Fingers crossed you find the article 🤞! 

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