Matches Method (String)
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Searches the specified input string for all occurrences of a regular expression.
Assembly: System.Text.RegularExpressions (in System.Text.RegularExpressions.dll)
- Type: System..::..String
The string to search for a match.
Return ValueType: System.Text.RegularExpressions..::..MatchCollection
A collection of the Match objects found by the search. If no matches are found, the method returns an empty collection object.
The method is similar to the Match(String) method, except that it returns information about all the matches found in the input string, instead of a single match.
The collection includes only matches and terminates at the first non-match.
The regular expression pattern for which the method searches is defined by the call to one of the Regex class constructors.
The Matches method uses lazy evaluation to populate the returned MatchCollection object. Accessing members of this collection such as MatchCollection..::..Count and MatchCollection..::..CopyTo causes the collection to be populated immediately. To take advantage of lazy evaluation, you should iterate the collection by using a construct such as foreach in C# and For Each…Next in Visual Basic.
Because of its lazy evaluation, calling the method does not throw a exception. However, the exception is thrown when an operation is performed on the MatchCollection object returned by this method, if the property is not and a matching operation exceeds the time-out interval.
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