Regular Expression re{ n, m} Metacharacter in Java

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The subexpression/metacharacter “re{ n, m}” matches at least n and at most m occurrences of the preceding expression.

Example 1

import java.util.regex.Matcher;
import java.util.regex.Pattern;
public class RegexExample {
   public static void main( String args[] ) {
      String regex = "xyy{2,4}";
      String input = "xxyyzxxyyyyxyyzxxyyzz";
      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

Number of matches: 1

Example 2

The following Java program reads name value from the user and, it only allows 1 to 20 characters.

import java.util.Scanner;
import java.util.regex.Matcher;
import java.util.regex.Pattern;
public class RegexExample {
   public static void main(String args[] ) {
      //Regular expression to match characters at least 1 almost 20
      String regex = "[a-zA-Z]{1,20}";
      Scanner sc = new Scanner(System.in);
      System.out.println("Enter students name:");
      String name = sc.nextLine();
      Pattern p = Pattern.compile(regex);
      Matcher m = p.matcher(name);
      if(m.matches()) {
         System.out.println("Name is appropriate");
      } else {
         System.out.println("Name is inappropriate");
      }
   }
}

Output 1

Enter students name:
Mouktika
Name is appropriate

Output 2

Enter students name:
ka 34
Name is inappropriate

Output 3

Enter students name:
Sri Veera Venkata Satya Sai Suresh Santosh Samrat
Name is in inappropriate
raja
Updated on 19-Nov-2019 06:37:06

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