Javascript split regex question

You need the put the characters you wish to split on in a character class, which tells the regular expression engine “any of these characters is a match”. For your purposes, this would look like:

date.split(/[.,\/ -]/)

Although dashes have special meaning in character classes as a range specifier (ie [a-z] means the same as [abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz]), if you put it as the last thing in the class it is taken to mean a literal dash and does not need to be escaped.

To explain why your pattern didn’t work, /-./ tells the regular expression engine to match a literal dash character followed by any character (dots are wildcard characters in regular expressions). With “02-25-2010”, it would split each time “-2” is encountered, because the dash matches and the dot matches “2”.

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