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Why does this match?

Posted By:      Posted Date: August 28, 2010    Points: 0   Category :.NET Framework
Hi,               I am not good with Regular Expressions. I recently attempted the following:   static void Main(string[] args) { const string NEXT_PATTERN = "<a href=\\\"(?<NextLink>.+?)\\\">Next Page</a></span>"; const string content = "SomeText <a href=\"LinkToExtract\">Next Page</a></span> SomeText"; MatchCollection matches = Regex.Matches(content, NEXT_PATTERN); Console.WriteLine("Match Count = " + matches.Count); Match m = matches[0]; string nextLink = m.Groups["NextLink"].Value; Console.WriteLine("Next Link = " + nextLink); }       I think this should not match i.e. NEXT_PATTERN seems to have a Back Slash \ after the href and before the end – while the content does not. I am really curious why this matches – and how to exclude this case.   Thanks a lot, O.O.

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