An instance of the
Pattern class represents a regular expression that is specified in string form in a syntax similar to that used by Perl.
Instances of the
Matcher class are used to match character sequences against a given pattern. Input is provided to matchers via the
CharSequence interface in order to support matching against characters from a wide variety of input sources.
Unless otherwise noted, passing a
null argument to a method in any class or interface in this package will cause a
NullPointerException to be thrown.
An excellent tutorial and overview of regular expressions is Mastering Regular Expressions , Jeffrey E. F. Friedl, O'Reilly and Associates, 1997.
Interface Summary Interface Description MatchResultThe result of a match operation.
Class Summary Class Description MatcherAn engine that performs match operations on a character sequence by interpreting a
PatternA compiled representation of a regular expression.
Exception Summary Exception Description PatternSyntaxExceptionUnchecked exception thrown to indicate a syntax error in a regular-expression pattern.