Need a pretty version of this RegEx

Posted on 2011-09-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-12

The following does not work:

it's a dangling meta character. But it not for the first one.

Any idea how to make a short one that works?

Question by:newbieweb
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hielo earned 250 total points
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[0-9] is equivalent to \d

So this:

is equivalent to:

Of those, only the last \d is optional (due to the * character). That meas it must have at least 7 digits. So what you are after is:

By putting the comma after the seven you are saying "or more" - making the whole thing read as:
"it must begin with 7 or more digits."
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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no points, but I would put this:

to make sure you have only digits in the expression (aka your other question)

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Both fail. I forgot to say this is C#.NET. Maybe that uses a diffferent flavor or RegEx?
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If you have in double quotes try escaping the slash:
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Zvonko earned 125 total points
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Or escape the String:

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