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Regular Expression Question

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Can any one give me some sample examples about these regular expressions.
sasi kala
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Hi sanat kumar,

As far as i know,

"^[a-zA-Z]*$" ---- means an expression starts with a,b,c...z or A,B,C..Z
example, a

"^[A-Z]\\d[A-Z]\\d[A-Z]\\d$" --- means [A-Z] single char between A,B..Z
\\d means 0,1,...9 any on char

like that "B3E3S1". Note that here not * is given it mean only on char.

to represent "SLFDJLK3alsdkjf" or "KHDJKFHJK3" in regular expression use

^[A-Z]*\\d[a-z]*$ --- starts with zore or more capitals, there should be one digits after that zero or more small alphabets.

Hope this helps you.

All The Best
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Thanks sasi kala for your quick reply.
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Joined: Dec 08, 2004
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Hi all,

What are the characters ^ and $.

Can anyone give a validation rule for email ids.

Thanks in advance.
Stan James
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I downloaded a tool called RegEx Coach. It has a free trial period but you may find you want to pay for it. When you highlight part of an expression it gives a plain English description. It's neat to work interactively with a tool like that while learning regular expressions.

One note: That particular tool is not 100% compatible with Java's regex. Plus you have to add escape characters in Java. Google for regular expression tools in Java for more. There is one that works as an Eclipse plugin if that sounds useful.

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Marilyn de Queiroz

Joined: Jul 22, 2000
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The Pattern class javadoc will help you with regex expressions.

^ means not
$ means end of line

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Robert Lofthouse

Joined: Dec 28, 2004
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Just to clear this up:

^ matches the beginning of the line, however, when its inside a character class (i.e. [^a-z]) it means 'not'.

Therefore: ^[a-zA-Z] would be mean 'match any uppercase or lowercase letter at the beginning of a line'.

$ matches the end of a line

* means 'match 0 or more occurances of the preceding character'.


^[a-zA-Z]*$ means: Match a string that starts with 0 or more characters that are either uppercase or lowercase. The string must consist fully of letters.

The following would match:


The following wouldn't match:

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