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Substrings
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Wordsmith provides several helpful methods for working with parts of strings.

Wordsmith's substring methods include:

First/Last helpers

firstWord

Returns the first word in the source string, or null if there are no words in the source string.

(For the purposes of this method, a "word" means a group of characters. The returned word may include punctuation, and (depending on your text) it may or may not be a 'real' word.

{{ 'Donald! J. Trump' | firstWord }}

# "Donald!"

lastWord

Returns the last word in the source string, or null if there are no words in the source string.

(For the purposes of this method, a "word" means a group of characters. The returned word may include punctuation, and (depending on your text) it may or may not be a 'real' word.

{{ 'Gin, lime, Chartreuse, maraschino' | lastWord }}

# "maraschino"

Substring extraction

between

Returns the substring between start and end, if found, or an empty string. An optional offset may be supplied, from which to begin the search for the start delimiter.

{{ 'Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.' | between( start='piper', end='pickled' ) }}

# " picked a peck of "

substringAfterFirst

Gets the substring after the first occurrence of a separator. (If the separator isn't found in the source string, null is returned.)

{{ 'Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.' | substringAfterFirst('p') }}

# "iper picked a peck of pickled peppers."

substringBeforeFirst

Gets the substring before the first occurrence of a separator. (If the separator isn't found in the source string, null is returned.)

{{ 'Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.' | substringBeforeFirst('p') }}

# "Peter "

substringAfterLast

Gets the substring after the last occurrence of a separator. (If the separator isn't found in the source string, null is returned.)

{{ 'Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.' | substringAfterLast('p') }}

# "ers."

substringBeforeLast

Gets the substring before the last occurrence of a separator. (If the separator isn't found in the source string, null is returned.)

{{ 'Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.' | substringBeforeLast('p') }}

# "Peter piper picked a peck of pickled pep"

substringCount

Counts occurrences of the substring in the source string.

{{ 'Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.' | substringCount('p') }}

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