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Checking for "any character" using regular expressions in multiline text

, 30 Jan 2012 CPOL
For .NET and Perl Regex: Instead of changing the Regex pattern, use the RegexOptions.Singleline (.NET) or "s" modifier (Perl). This enables "." to match newline.

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30 Jan 2012
Chris Maunder
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".*" may not be what you want in multi-line strings
8 Feb 2012
jsc42
\S does not / did not work on all versions of RegExp on Microsoft JScript / VBScript (sorry to be vague - I just recall having to avoid it because it was flakey). Instead you could try Start([.|\n]*)End (match everything except newline and newline)Update: Checked some old code: I could...

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Matt T Heffron
Software Developer (Senior) AB Sciex
United States United States
I started programming in Basic on a DECSystem-10 as a Freshman at Caltech in 1974. I quickly transitioned to assembly language, Fortran, and Pascal. As a summer job at JPL, I did analysis of fuel consumption for the Viking Mars Orbiter attitude control system. I also spent a summer doing O/S maintenance at Digital Equipment Corporation.
After graduation, I started developing microprocessor development tools (e.g., cross-compiler, debugger) for Beckman Instruments, a scientific instrument company.
I've worked on custom file-systems, a real-time O/S for Z8000, Expert Systems (SpinPro & PepPro), and internal and external networking support (I was their first webmaster).
I've worked on the DNA analysis system.
I was the console/UI software architect for Ultracentrifuges and protein Capillary Electrophoresis systems.
After 35 years, Danaher having acquired Beckman (now Beckman Coulter), transferred the CE group to become part of AB Sciex (2014).

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