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Hello ,

I am coverting a java application into c#, I have the following regular expression check:

Regex regex = new Regex("[a-zA-Z0-9_\\.-]{1,20}");
            if (!regex.IsMatch(name))
                return true;

Why does the string "#####llll" pass the pattern matching?
I need a pattern with following criteria

string length 1-20
contains any apha numeric character, special characters like underscore,dot,hyphen
please help...
Updated 5-Apr-10 0:13am

It passes because the "llll" part of the string fullfils the criteria - the "#####" part is ignored. Try it - Add
MessageBox.Show("Matched: " + regex.Match(name));
and you will see what I mean.

You could try:
Regex regex = new Regex("^[a-zA-Z0-9_\\.-]{1,20}");
            if (!regex.IsMatch(name))
                return true;
which forces the match to be at the beginning of the string.

It may be worth your while to get a copy of Expresso - it examines and generates Regular expressions - and its free!
The regular expression should be some thing like this ^[a-zA-Z0-9_\\.-]{1,20}$ Otherwise it will find the part of the string which is matching.
I see nothing obvious - what error are you getting? Is there a message? Exception?
Toli Cuturicu 8-Sep-10 12:09pm
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