Using named match groups in expressions

The following code will return the value user


Sometimes it makes life easier to refer to the group by name rather than its position (or GroupNum). To do this we need to insert the name into the expression. For example:


In the code above, I've called the match group username. The Regex parser recognises this name because it is declared within the group brackets () and is preceded by a ?. i.e. (?<username>.*?). The Groups() method is overloaded to accept both GroupNum and GroupName.

Author Paul Hayman

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