Regular Expression for matching dd/mm/yyyy format

10 06 2009


I’m not going to try and explain this regular expression as it is very clever and has been only very slightly modified from the one found here

I have limited mine slightly more to only being allowed to use slashes and changed the end very slightly (although it means the same thing) and that site shows an excellent explanation. I simply want to post this here as I know I will want to use it in the future and I’m less likely to lose a blog post than a post it note 🙂

Constraint check using regular expressions

19 02 2009

I needed to check the values of a text box (with folder paths in them) to ensure they matched a constraint on the table in the database. There are a few ways you could do this, I initially thought I could check the relevant characters in the string using String.Substring() to see if they met the constraints, in this case, the first must not be a backslash and the last must be a backslash.

However I then thought it would be better to do a much more robust way, not just checking for backslashes, but also valid characters in file paths. This is how I came up with the idea to use a regular expressions. They are very useful bits of code, and definitely worth reading up on! The code I used was:

if (!Regex.IsMatch(txtMapLocation.Text, @"^[0-9a-zA-Z].*\\$"))
MessageBox.Show("Your map location must end with a backslash and there must be no backslash at the start.");

The regular expression broken down means…

^ (right at the very beginning) [0-9a-zA-Z] (there must be a number or letter, upper or lower case allowed) .*(as many letters or numbers as you wish)\\(then there must be a backslash)$(right at the end). The backslash is double slashed as backslashes are an escape character in regular expressions.