Trying to split a string into an array of characters, but using a delimiter of nothing '<empty>' does not work. Any help would be appreciated.
Simple variable creation to test it out...
Expression with empty delimiter:
[ "testing" ]
With a delimiter:
[ "", "es", "ing" ]
Thanks in advance, and sorry if it is something simple I missed along the way.
I did a test on my side, and the result of the expression output you provided is what you expected.
I am a bit confused about what kind of data you need to get.
Ok, so you tested my second case, which was as expected.
The case I am trying to solve is with an empty delimiter.
So you would use: Split('testing','')
And you should recieve: ["t","e","s","t","i","n","g"]
I tested it on my side, and relying on the split() function doesn't seem to get the results you expected. Because such a separator seems to have no effect.
You could try other methods. I used variables and expressions on my side to get the results you want, maybe you could refer to.
Have you tried the method I provided?
It seems that using the Split() function as you described does not produce the expected results.
If you need further assistance, please feel free let me know.
I had the same issue. I worked around this limitation as follows:
Define a String variable called Subject (My initial variable was a string that was taken from the subject line in an email.)
Define a second string variable called CommaSubject, set its value to replace each space with a comma i.e. replace(triggerBody()?['Subject'],' ',',') Although it may be better to use a less common character such as ^ for the separator.
You can then split that string using the character you replaced.
I can see that @v-bacao-msft 's reply counts as a solution, but it's very much convoluted.
Splitting strings with an empty delimiter is pervasive among programming language frameworks and should work as OP intended.
The answer is simple. You have to put a whitespace bettwen the single quotes as the separator, just like that: ' '. You can not wrote any "" or null inside the two single quotes, cause json does not reconize that. Bellow you can see an example:
Everyone - I have an actual solution to this problem.
The problem, as a few repliers seem to have missed, is splitting a string into an array of characters. So, for instance, if we had the string "ABCD", we want the array <code?["A", "B", "C", "D"]. We're not trying to split on spaces, or commas, or any other delimiter - we want the individual characters in the string.
The solution is to use the Select action with the range() and substring() functions. If you didn't know, Select is kind of like a map function - it produces a given output for each element of the input. range() creates an array from a given range of numbers. substring() creates new strings from a selected range of a given string. Together, we have all the ingredients we need.
The secret sauce here is the little icon in the bottom right of the Select action - that switches it from the default behaviour mapping an array to an array of dictionaries, to the far more useful behaviour of mapping an array to an array of… well, anything. The icon looks like a little T in a box.
Here's the expressions we want, assuming the string is in a variable called StringToSplit:
substring(variables('StringToSplit'), item(), 1)
Let's say we have the string "Hello, world!". The first expression creates an array of integers, starting at 0, up to the length of the string (13 characters). So we get the input array [0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12]. The map expression is then applied to each of these. The first iteration, we have the input item 0, so the map expression becomes substring('Hello, world!', 0, 1) - in other words, give us a substring from the start of the string, that's one character long. So, we get 'H'. The second iteration, the map expression becomes substring('Hello, world!', 1, 1) - give us a substring starting one character from the start, one character long. That's 'e'. And so on until we get to the last element, which becomes substring('Hello, world!', 12, 1) - skipping the first twelve characters and giving us the next one, which is '!'.
The result: ["H", "e", "l", "l", "o", ",", " ", "w", "o", "r", "l", "d", "!"]
I created a gist with a short demo, in Logic Apps and Power Automate flavours. You can check it out here: https://gist.github.com/gormster/acbdc30bffab6bd54e45e02605a672d5
PS: Why can't we use <code> tags in this forum? You have CSS for it and everything, but it gets stripped out when I click Post. Seems crazy to me.
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