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Can some one decode what these regex do?

Posted on 2006-07-22
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I am debugging a piece of code and have a following scenario

private String REGEXP_VARIABLE_EXPANSION = "\\$\\{([\\w\\.?]*)\\}";

// How we test for booleans
private String REGEXP_BOOLEAN_VALUE = "True|T|Yes|Y";

If someone can give me an example string that will be great.  I know reverse engineering is crazy but what to do?

I am not a regex person.  But I have to work with a code.

Thanx in advance

slick

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"\\$\\{([\\w\\.?]*)\\}"

By de-escaping (?) it, the regex becomes:

\$\{([\w\.?]*)\}

So, it matches any string that has initially a $ sign, then { and a character, then any no of characters, again }

For ex,

${hello}

would match, but

${ hello}, ${.hello} etc won't match.


And the second one matches only True, T, Yes or Y
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I think, it is

${Combination of alpha numeric chars with dots}
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for e.g.,

"${hello.123.fine} Some Text ${hello1233...} Some more here ${Not Matches.}"

it matches,

${hello.123.fine}
${hello1233...}
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I feel, the "?" in the regex is irrelevant
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>>I feel, the "?" in the regex is irrelevant

True. Of course the regex will also match the empty var:

${}

The other one should probably be named

REGEXP_BOOLEAN_VALUE_TRUE

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>>Of course the regex will also match the empty var:

true
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${.hello} matches.. I was thinking of something else..
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