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code highlight syntax

, 31 Aug 2010 CPOL
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small example to show how to used Regular Expressions for code highlight

this is small example to show how to used Regular Expressions for code highlight

Using the code

you can download the example or used this code

here link to download:[^]

if you want to use the code
in the first you should add richtext to the form

 using System.Text.RegularExpressions;
private void richTextBox1_TextChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
              string tokens = "(auto|double|int|struct|break|else|long|switch|case|enum|register|typedef|char|extern|return|union|const|float|short|unsigned|continue|for|signed|void|default|goto|sizeof|volatile|do|if|static|while)";
    Regex rex = new Regex(tokens);
    MatchCollection mc = rex.Matches(richTextBox1.Text);
    int StartCursorPosition = richTextBox1.SelectionStart;
    foreach (Match m in mc)
        int startIndex = m.Index;
        int StopIndex = m.Length;
        richTextBox1.Select(startIndex, StopIndex);
        richTextBox1.SelectionColor = Color.Blue;
        richTextBox1.SelectionStart = StartCursorPosition;
        richTextBox1.SelectionColor = Color.Black;


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Moustafa Farhat
Software Developer (Senior) syrian developers
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hello , I am software and web developer , I believe that i have to share my knowledge with others.

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Generalhere link to download: Pin
ck47ht20-Apr-11 4:32
memberck47ht20-Apr-11 4:32 
GeneralReason for my vote of 1 Simply awful. Don't try this at home... Pin
Toli Cuturicu2-Sep-10 9:03
memberToli Cuturicu2-Sep-10 9:03 
GeneralReason for my vote of 1 Tons of error and don't really give ... Pin
Simon Dufour31-Aug-10 5:44
memberSimon Dufour31-Aug-10 5:44 
GeneralI guess it's not a bad start but prehaps you should also che... Pin
Simon Dufour31-Aug-10 4:01
memberSimon Dufour31-Aug-10 4:01 

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