Regex output

Rock Hitman 46 Reputation points

Hi, I have this below Regex expression, just like to know what each step is doing below and the output ?

string Invoice = BSC|KS1|LS1
string[] result = Regex.Matches(Invoice, @"(?:^|\|)(""[^""]""|[^|])")
.Select(m => m.Groups[1].Value)
return result.Any(s => InvoiceID.Contains(s));

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  1. Timon Yang-MSFT 9,576 Reputation points
    1. string[] result = Regex.Matches(Invoice, @"(?:^|\|)(""[^""]""|[^|])") Find one or more results that match the regular expression in Invoice. In this example, the result obtained is B, |K, |L
    2. Case<Match> Convert it into a Match collection, which is convenient for further processing with linq in the subsequent code.
    3. Select(m => m.Groups[1].Value) To get the first capture group in the regular expression, you can check the following post to understand this. Regular Expression Groups in C# The result of this step is B, K, L.
    4. return result.Any(s => InvoiceID.Contains(s)) InvoiceID is a variable, I think it should be the parameter of this method. Check whether the InvoiceID contains one of the results of the third step. Like B, BS, and KA all return True.

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  2. Tom Phillips 17,716 Reputation points

    You can plug your string into and it will tell you exactly what it is doing.

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