Regular Expressions with SUBEXPR

Hi All!

Did you know since 11g the REGEXP_INSTR and REGEXP_SUBSTR functions include a new SUBEXPR parameter that limits the pattern match to a specific subexpression in the search pattern?

Also, a new function, REGEXP_COUNT, returns the number of times the search pattern appears in source string.

Below a simple example of each one:

SQL> SELECT REGEXP_INSTR('1234567890', '(123)(4(56)(78))', 1, 1, 0, 'i', 3) FROM dual;

REGEXP_INSTR('1234567890','(123)(4(56)(78))',1,1,0,'I',3)
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                                                        5

SQL> SELECT REGEXP_SUBSTR('1234567890', '(123)(4(56)(78))', 1, 1, 'i', 3) FROM dual;

RE
--
56

SQL> SELECT REGEXP_COUNT('123 123 123 123', '123', 1, 'i') FROM dual;

REGEXP_COUNT('123123123123','123',1,'I')
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                                       4

Cheers!

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