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Regular Expressions

ABAP supports extended regular expressions in accordance with POSIX standard 1003.2. Regular expressions can be used after the addition REGEX of the statements

as well as an argument of the following functions

for searching and testing character strings. The classes

permit object-oriented use of regular expressions.

A regular expression r is made up of literal characters and special characters in accordance with the syntax of regular expressions and represents a set of character strings. If text is a character string represented by r, we say that r matches text or that r fits text. Two (different) regular expressions match if they fit the same set of character strings.

If you apply a regular expression to a character string text as a search string, then you are searching for matches of the regular expression with substrings of text. In this case, special characters in the regular expression do not match characters, but instead match positions, thus influencing the type and number of occurrences. When you test character strings, you are checking whether the full content matches a pattern.


Copyright Note

This software uses the Boost.Regex Library. Copyright (c) 1998-2004 Dr. John Maddock.

Syntax of Regular Expressions
Testing Regular Expressions
Exceptions in Regular Expressions
Regular Expressions - Example