I am totally incompetent when comes to regular expressions, so I come asking for help. I'm sure this is easy, but I have no idea how to do this.
I need some help constructing an expression to parse out some particular text from a text file.
I know I could do this the "hard way" by scanning the input strings looking for the particular characters I'm interested in, but there is enough potential variations in the text that I think a regular expression is the best solution to my problem.
The code is VB
.NET and I need to see if the scanned text contains a certain set of characters, and if so, extract off some following characters.
The text will look something like:
CASE NUMBER: 123456789
There may be leading or trailing whitespace in this line. There may be any number of intervening spaces, but there will always be at least 1, between the NUMBER: text literal and the digits which follow. There may or may not be a colon after NUMBER. The number of digits may vary; there are always at least 5, and there may be as many as 12 digits.
I need to extract those digits into a named group, at least I think I need to - I need the case number for subsequent processing, and a named group seems the best way to handle that, but what do I know? Once I find the case number in the text, I'm done - there is no more need to parse anything else.
That's it. Simple really, but I've wasted a lot of time fumbling around so I thought I'd ask for some help,
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