OBJECT:  RegExp

Implemented in version 5.0
 
The RegExp object is used to look for and match all occurrences of a search string pattern inside a target string.
 
Each time the RegExp object finds a match during the search, a Match object is created and added to a Matches collection.
 
The search pattern is declared using the Pattern property. It could, for example, be a simple string, such as "cost analysis". However, the search pattern can also be a regular expression. Regular expressions can range from being very simple to being extremely complex. The Pattern property page contains an introductory listing of special characters that can be used with regular expressions.
 
The following code is a simpler, working version of a program published by Microsoft. Note the use of the keyword New when you create a RegExp object using Set.
 
Code:
<%
'this sub finds the matches
Sub RegExpTest(strMatchPattern, strPhrase)
    'create variables
    Dim objRegEx, Match, Matches, StrReturnStr
    'create instance of RegExp object
    Set objRegEx = New RegExp

    'find all matches
    objRegEx.Global = True
    'set case insensitive
    objRegEx.IgnoreCase = True
    'set the pattern
    objRegEx.Pattern = strMatchPattern

    'create the collection of matches
    Set Matches = objRegEx.Execute(strPhrase)

    'print out all matches
    For Each Match in Matches
        strReturnStr = "Match found at position "
        strReturnStr = strReturnStr & Match.FirstIndex & ". Match Value is '"
        strReturnStr = strReturnStr & Match.value & "'."
        'print
        Response.Write(strReturnStr & "<BR>")
    Next
End Sub

'call the subroutine
RegExpTest("is.", "Is1 is2 Is3 is4")
%>


Output:
Match found at position 0. Match Value is 'Is1'.
Match found at position 4. Match Value is 'is2'.
Match found at position 8. Match Value is 'Is3'.
Match found at position 12. Match Value is 'is4'.

 
PROPERTIES
 
Global Property
This property is only used with a RegExp object variable and returns a Boolean value. False signifies that a search should only find the first occurrence of a match. True signifies that a search should find all occurrences of a match.

Syntax: object.Global = [ True | False ]

IgnoreCase Property
This property is only used with a RegExp object variable and returns a Boolean value. False signifies that a search should be case-sensitive (i.e., upper versus lower case). True signifies that a search should ignore case in a match.

Syntax: object.IgnoreCase = [ True | False ]

Pattern Property
This property defines the regular expression or search pattern string that is to be matched during the search.

Syntax: object.Property = [ SearchPatternString ]

METHODS

Execute Method
This method is used to execute the search and to look for matches of the search pattern string (or regular expression) and the target string. Each time a match is made, a Match object is created and added to a collection that is called a Matches collection.

Syntax: object.Execute

Replace Method
This method is used to replace text found in a regular expression search. Do not confuse this method with the Replace function.

Syntax: object.Replace (String1, String2)

Test Method
This method is used to determine if the search pattern occurs within a specified string and returns a Boolean value to signify the results of the search. True is returned if the pattern is found. Otherwise, False is returned.

Syntax: object.Test


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