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Regex Pattern for fetching a particular group

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Can someone help me in writting pattern to fetch 20ABC.

If I use Pattern1 for fetching the values,then even a part of date is captured. I want 20ABC TIRE DEALERS /S/ to be captured in a group so that I can split and retrive 20ABC

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.Collections;
import java.util.Date;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Scanner;
import java.util.regex.Matcher;
import java.util.regex.Pattern;

public class PatternMatching {

public static void main (String args[]) throws Exception {

List<String> arrItems=new ArrayList<String>();
arrItems.add("03/03/2005 ABCD ALPHA 16 25.25 _____");
arrItems.add("02/27/2006 SBR QWERTY OIL CHANGE & LUBRICATION SERVICE 20 22.95 _____");
arrItems.add("01/19/1999 SRQL QWERTY REPAIR & SERVICE 1 FREE _____");
arrItems.add("02/27/2006 20ABC TIRE DEALERS /S/ 19 111.60 _____");

for (int i = 0; i < arrItems.size(); i++) {
for (int j=i; j < arrItems.size(); j++) {

String str = arrItems.get(j);

Pattern pattern = Pattern.compile("(\\d{1,2}\\/\\d{1,2}\\/\\d{4})\\s*(([\\/\\&a-zA-Z]*\\s*)+)\\s*(\\d*)\\s*((\\d*\\.\\d*)|(\\w*))");
Pattern pattern1 = Pattern.compile("(\\d{1,2}\\/\\d{1,2}\\/\\d{4})\\s*(([\\/\\&a-zA-Z0-9]*\\s*)+)\\s*(\\d*)\\s*((\\d*\\.\\d*)|(\\w*))");

Matcher matcher = pattern.matcher(str);

if (matcher.find()) {
System.out.println("Group -->"+matcher.group());
System.out.println("In Date -->"+matcher.group(1));

String[] splitID = matcher.group(2).split("\\s+");
System.out.println("Item Name -->"+splitID[0]);
final List<String> list = new ArrayList<String>();
Collections.addAll(list, splitID);
splitID = list.toArray(new String[list.size()]);
String s1 = Arrays.asList(splitID).toString();
System.out.println("Heading Name -->"+s1.substring(1, s1.length()-1).replaceAll(",", ""));



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This too has not much to do with ws and will probably be moved to an more appropriate forum sooner or later.

In the meantime, I would say pattern2 captures the needed feature of having alpha-numeric "word" 20ABC absolutely required to start with. Then I would enforce the cardinality from * to + for the rest.

It probably should do what you need.
Dhivya Krishnan
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Thank you so much. It works..
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