Question: Parsing a file with Applescript

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by iostream.h, May 4, 2005.

  1. iostream.h macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2004
    Albuquerque, NM
    Just for the example, say I set a variable to the source of a page in Safari. Now, I want to create an array of values from certain tags in this file.

    For instance:

    <a href=";SerialNumber=61A5D1GF6B92S4">

    Let's say I have about 100 of those throughout the source. What would be the best way to parse out the "61A5D1GF6B92S4" into an array?
  2. HexMonkey Administrator


    Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    New Zealand
    Here's an example that looks for serial numbers in your example format in a file chosen when running the script. It finds strings that immediately follow a given string (the serialBeginning property) and then adds the beginning of these strings (up to where the serialEnd string is found) to an array.

    property serialBeginning : "<a href=\";SerialNumber="
    property serialEnd : "\">"
    --Read a chosen file and prepare to search for serialBeginning
    set theContents to read (choose file)
    set originalDelimiters to AppleScript's text item delimiters
    set AppleScript's text item delimiters to {serialBeginning}
    --Split the file into a list of strings that start with serialBeginning
    --Ignore the first item, which is just the text before the first occurence
    set theItems to text items 2 thru (count of text items of theContents) of theContents
    --Iterate through the items to look for serial number terminations strings
    set serialArray to {}
    set AppleScript's text item delimiters to {serialEnd}
    repeat with nextItem in theItems
    	--Add text before serialEnd to serialArray
    	set serialArray to serialArray & first text item of nextItem
    end repeat
    set AppleScript's text item delimiters to originalDelimiters
    --serialArray now contains a list of the serial numbers

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