Convert 2[3[a]b] to aaabaaab

Few days ago one of the member of our telegram group aked how to convert 2[3[a]b] to aaabaaab, 2[a]3[b]c to aabbbc and so on.

Question and decision how to solve the task

  1. How can we seperate the right opening and closing bracket including the number infront
    • This can be done with the simple regex (\d{0,})[([^[]]+)]

Solution

I implemented the logic in a class. I implemented the Unit Test to the class too, so that the logic will still work correct when making changes to it.

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METHOD convert_bracketstring.
  rv_value = iv_value.
  DO.
    DATA(lv_match) = match( val = rv_value regex = '(\d{0,})\[([^\[\]]+)\]' ).
    IF lv_match IS INITIAL.
      EXIT.
    ENDIF.
    DATA(lv_repeat_times) = substring_before( val = lv_match sub = '[' ).
    rv_value = replace( val = rv_value
                        regex = '(\d{0,})\[([^\[\]]+)\]'
                        with = repeat( val = substring_before( val = substring_after( val = lv_match
                                                                                      sub = '[' )
                                                               sub = ']' )
                                       occ = CONV i( substring_before( val = lv_match
                                                                       sub = '[' ) ) ) ).
  ENDDO.
ENDMETHOD.

Unit Test

For the Unit Test I have created three methods with different bracket combinations, from simple to very deep.

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METHOD test_get_value_normal.
  cl_abap_unit_assert=>assert_equals( act = zcl_kco_bracketstr2str=>convert_bracketstring( '1[a]2[b]3[c]4[d]' )
  exp = 'abbcccdddd' ).
ENDMETHOD.
METHOD test_get_value_nested.
  cl_abap_unit_assert=>assert_equals( act = zcl_kco_bracketstr2str=>convert_bracketstring( '2[3[a]b]' )
  exp = 'aaabaaab' ).
ENDMETHOD.
METHOD test_get_value_deepnested.
  cl_abap_unit_assert=>assert_equals( act = zcl_kco_bracketstr2str=>convert_bracketstring( '1[2[3[c]a]4[a]b]' )
  exp = 'cccacccaaaaab' ).
ENDMETHOD.

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