Question

I'm trying to create a regex that matches comparisons like this:

= 445
> 5
>= 22
< 3
<= 42
<> 10

I thought that this would work, but it doesn't:

[=|>|<|>=|<|<=|<>]\s\d+

It's very important that the '>' or '<' precede '='. These operators would not be valid:

=<
=>
>>
<<
==

I'm using this to create some dynamic sql so the comparison operators need to valid sql.

Any suggestions?

No correct solution

OTHER TIPS

(=|>|<|>=|<|<=|<>)\s\d+

or something like: (doesn't really do what you want, it matches all 2character combinations of =<>, but for clearness)

[=><]{1,2}\s\d+

-> when you use the [] braces, it means, that one of the character inside should take place (multiple | defined may lead to undefined behavior, or behavior I'm not aware of)

-> you probably wanted to use simple braces (), where the | has the 'OR' meaning.

I would say the regex given by EmFi is good enough. With some modifications it can take expressions like this

"currentDate>=2012/11/07&&currentDate<=2012/11/08";

or this

"currentDate==2012/11/07";

With this modified regex

(<[=>]?|==|>=?|\&\&|\|\|)

And give it as "valid". Probably is very simple but at least in my case, enough

EDIT: Regex was modified in order to take comparison operators (<,>,>=,<=,==) and boolean operators (&&,||) in a similar way to C-like languages

The syntax […] denotes a character class. Use (…) for grouping instead:

(=|>|<|>=|<|<=|<>)\s\d+

And here’s a more compact one:

(=|[<>]=?|<>)\s\d+

Or:

(=|<[>=]?|>=?)\s\d+

This one will do what you're looking for.

(<[=>]?|=|>=?)\s\d+

just solved this for myself. it matches <, >, <=, >=, !=, =, <> and not => or =< unfortunately it still matches >>. I am just checking for that in my application code.

([!<>])?([=>])?(?!<)

i'm now im hooray old post but, i've made regex witch is case sensitive and find only that what we need, and i hope it's help somebody.

Its works for != , <=, >=, ==, < , > and find it only on the begining of string.

^(^(!=)?|^(<=)?|^(>=)?|^(==)?|^(<)?|^(>)?)?    
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