Regular Expression \b Metacharacter in Java

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The subexpression/metacharacter “\b” matches the word boundaries when outside the brackets. Matches the backspace (0x08) when inside the brackets.

Example 1

import java.util.Scanner;
import java.util.regex.Matcher;
import java.util.regex.Pattern;
public class RegexExample {
   public static void main( String args[] ) {
      String regex = "\\bbecause\\b";
      Scanner sc = new Scanner(System.in);
      System.out.println("Enter a string: ");
      String input = sc.nextLine();
      Pattern p = Pattern.compile(regex);
      Matcher m = p.matcher(input);
      int count = 0;
      while(m.find()) {
         count ++;
      }
      System.out.println("Number of matches: "+count);
   }
}

Output

Enter a string:
A sentence doesn't end with because because, because is a conjunction
Number of matches: 3

Example 2

The following Java example reads a string value from the user and prints the number of word boundaries.

import java.util.Scanner;
import java.util.regex.Matcher;
import java.util.regex.Pattern;
public class Example {
   public static void main( String args[] ) {
      System.out.println("Enter input string: ");
      Scanner sc = new Scanner(System.in);
      String input = sc.nextLine();
      String regex = "\\b";
      //Compiling the regular expression
      Pattern pattern = Pattern.compile(regex);
      //Retrieving the matcher object
      Matcher matcher = pattern.matcher(input);
      int count =0;
      while(matcher.find()) {
         count ++;
      }
      System.out.println(count);
   }
}

Output

Enter input string:
Hello how are you welcome to Tutorialspoint
14
raja
Published on 19-Nov-2019 11:33:07
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