The alternative posted by Daaron does not work for several cases. E.g. Sign is included (+ or -), text contains whitespace prefix or suffix, etc. You could fix the first two limitations with a more detailed regex like "(^\s*(-|\+)?\d+\s*$)" but you could still end up with a value that won't fit in type 'int'. IMHO, int.TryParse is the best way to validate.
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