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Java regular expressions.

  1. Regular Expressions, Literal Strings and Backslashes

    by , 04-26-2012 at 07:55 PM
    In literal strings, backlash is considered as escape character. It is basically a single backlash i.e. “\\”. Backlash is also considered an escape character in case of regular expressions. A single backlash is matched to the regular expression \\. As a java string, regular expression would become “\\\\”. Four backlashes are used for matching just one single.

    Word character is being matched with regex \w. It is abbreviated as "\\w".

    Similar backlash mess up ...
  2. Java Matcher Class

    by , 04-26-2012 at 07:54 PM
    Matcher class instances match the character sequences, against string pattern. Matchers are provided with input by CharSequence so that to provide support to matching, against characters from input sources.

    Pattern helps to create the matcher when pattern’s matcher method is invoked. Once it has been made, different match operations could be performed by matcher.
    • Whole input sequence is matched by the matcher method against the pattern.
    • Input sequence is matched by the
  3. Java Pattern Class

    by , 04-26-2012 at 07:54 PM
    Pattern class instance presents the regular expression which has been specified in string form, in syntax, same as used by Perl.

    Regular expression shall be compiling first to the Pattern class instance. Matcher object is created by ther resulting pattern, which matches with the sequence of the arbitrary character. Similar patterns are shared by various matchers as it is stateless.

    Given regular expression is compiled by the compile method into a pattern. After this, ...
  4. Pattern Method Equivalents in java.lang.String

    by , 04-26-2012 at 07:53 PM
    Support of the regular expression is also present in java.lang.String via different methods which mimic the java.util.regex.Pattern behavior. From APIs, their key excerpts are shown below for convenience.

    Public Boolean matches (String regex):
    Show whether string will be matching with the regular expression or not. This method’s invocation of the form str.matches produces similar output that was produced by expression Pattern.matches.

    Public string[] split (String ...
  5. Java String Boundary Matchers

    by , 04-26-2012 at 07:51 PM
    Till now we were just interested in this thing that if match is present at a location in some specified string. Care hs never been taken regarding the location of match in the string, where it actually took place.

    Pattern matches could be made much more precise just by making information specific along with boundary matches. Let us say, e.g, may be one of you are more keen to find out a specific word but only when it is present at start or end of line. May be you desire to be aware ...
  6. Differences Among Greedy, Reluctant, and Possessive Quantifiers

    by , 04-26-2012 at 07:50 PM
    Subtle difference is present b/w reluctant, greedy and possessive quantifiers.

    Greedy ones are known as greedy as they enforce matchers to eat or read in the whole input string before the 1st match attempt. When 1st attempt of match gets failed, input string is back offed by the matcher by 1 character and then tries once again in which the process is repeated till the match is being found or no more characters have been left for backing off. It totally depends upon quantifier that ...
  7. Java String Quantifiers

    by , 04-26-2012 at 07:49 PM
    Number of occurrences are specified by the quantifiers so that to match. For sake of convenience, Pattern API has been divided into 3 sections with specifications that describe possessive, greedy and reluctant quantifiers are represented below. In first look, this might happen that X?+, X? And X?? Be doing similar things as all of them promise to be match X i.e once, or not at all. Subtle differences of implementations are present that will be discussed at the end of this section.

  8. What are Metacharacters

    by , 04-26-2012 at 07:47 PM
    Special characters are also supported by this API which places an affect at the mode by which a pattern is matched. Regular expressions can be changed to cat. & input string to tocats. Output will be as following:
    Enter regex i.e. cat.

    Enter “input string” for searching i.e. cats
    Text cats are found that start at index zero & end at index four.
    Match succeeds even dot is absent in input string. Match succeeds as dots are metacharacters, a character that ...
  9. String Literals

    by , 04-26-2012 at 07:46 PM
    Basic pattern matching form that is being supported by API is string literal match. E.g, when regular expression and input string is foo, matching succeeds as strings are same. Test harness could be used to try it.

    Enter regex: foo
    Enter “input string” for search: foo
    Text foo is found that starts at index 0, & ends at index 3.

    Match was successful. It shall be noted that when input strings are three characters longer then starting index is zero and ...
  10. How Are Regular Expressions Represented?

    by , 04-26-2012 at 07:45 PM
    Package java.util.regex has three classes: PatternSyntaxException, Matcher and Pattern.

    • Pattern object is basically the compiled presentation of regular expression. For pattern creation first thing is invoking public static methods of compilation that will make pattern object to be returned. Regular expression is accepted by these methods being 1st argument; 1st trial lessons will let you know regarding the required syntax.
    • Matcher object is considered to be an engine which will