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Capturing text with a Script

See also
Email Parser scripting SDK
Using scripts to filter emails
Creating a custom process with a script
Example – Basic use of a script to capture text from an email

 

 

Most text capturing tasks can be done with other methods such as “Regular expressions match” or “Start with… continues until…” but for very specific cases you may need to write a script that captures the required information from the received email or even other sources.

A very simple script that returns the first word of the email body is the following:

using System;
using System.Text;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using EmailParserBackend.ScriptingInterface;
 
public class MyScriptBasedEmailParser : ScriptBasedParser
{
	//
	// Modify this method to implement your own text capture
	//
	public override List ExtractTextFrom(string input_text)
	{
        List returned_values = new List();
 
        // Get the first word of the incoming email
        char[] valid_word_separators = new char[] { ' ', ',', '.', ':' };
        string[] words = input_text.Split(valid_word_separators,StringSplitOptions.RemoveEmptyEntries);
        returned_values.Add(words[0]);
 
        return(returned_values);
	}
}

As you can see, you need to implement the methodĀ ExtractTextFrom() that takes any field (body, subject, CC, etc) as input and outputs a list of captured text strings.

It is highly recommended to write the script inĀ Visual Studio, using the Email Parser scripting SDK. The text editor embedded in Email Parser does not have many useful features such as debugging, Intellisense, etc.