Regular Expressions

Table 1-7 through Table 1-16 summarize the regular-expression grammar and syntax supported by the regular-expression classes in System.Text.RegularExpressions. (For more information, see the “.NET Framework Regular Expressions” topic in the .NET Framework SDK Documentation.) Each of the modifiers and qualifiers in the tables can substantially change the behavior of the matching and searching patterns. For further information on regular expressions, we recommend the definitive Mastering Regular Expressions by Jeffrey E. F. Friedl (O’Reilly, 2002).

All the syntax described in the tables should match the Perl5 syntax, with specific exceptions noted.

Table 1-7. Character escapes

Escape code sequence

Meaning

Hexadecimal equivalent

\a

Bell

\u0007

\b

Backspace

\u0008

\t

Tab

\u0009

\r

Carriage return

\u000D

\v

Vertical tab

\u000B

\f

Form feed

\u000C

\n

Newline

\u000A

\e

Escape

\u001B

\040

ASCII character as octal

\x20

ASCII character as hex

\cC

ASCII control character

\u0020

Unicode character as hex

\ non-escape

A nonescape character

As a special case: within a regular expression, \b means word boundary, except in a [ ] set, in which \b means the backspace character.

Table 1-8. Substitutions

Expression

Meaning

$ group-number

Substitutes last substring matched by group-number

${ group-name }

Substitutes last substring matched by (?< group-name >)

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