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Regular expression question

Posted on 2009-05-07
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I have a string with the following format:

(some_text_1)
cedhjbd"^*&ljhbdc_ckjnbc`
(some_text_2)

How can i leave only the text within the brackets. I tried a few things like replacing anything between ) and ( with a \n but this didn't seem to work as there can be any number of lines/symbols etc between the sections in brackets.

Cheers.
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Question by:mike_pro
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by:RyanAndres
ID: 24329146
Try this out.
// STATEMENTS TO CALL SOMEWHERE
string str = "(some_text_1)\ncedhjbd\"^*&ljhbdc_ckjnbc`\n(some_text_2)";
string result = GetInnerText(str);
 
// METHOD TO DO EXTRACTION
public string GetInnerText(string input)
{
    StringBuilder result = new StringBuilder();
    Regex regex = new Regex(@"\((.*)\)");
    MatchCollection matches = regex.Matches(input);
 
    foreach (Match match in matches)
    {
        if (match.Groups.Count > 0)
        {
            string innerText = match.Groups[1].Value;
            result.AppendLine(innerText);
        }
    }
 
    return result.ToString();
}

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RyanAndres earned 500 total points
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The above code will return:
some_text_1
some_text_2

or:
"some_text_1\r\nsome_text_2\r\n"
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by:mike_pro
ID: 31579147
Cheers! That was exactly what i was after.
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