Return true/false for a matched/not matched regex

I have this regex on Javascript

var myS = "00 - ??:??:?? - a"; var removedTL = myS.match(/^(\d\d) - (\?\?|10|0\d):(\?\?|[0-5]\d):(\?\?|[0-5]\d) - (.*)/);

and I need to return "false" if myS is not in that format, true otherwise.

I mean :

var myS = "00 - ??:??:?? - a"; // TRUE var myS = "00 - ??:?:?? - a"; // FALSE

how can I check if the regex has matched the string or not?


The match method will return null if there is no match.

The more appropriate function here might be RegExp.test, which explicitly gives you true or false.

console.log(/lolcakes/.test("some string"));
// Output: false

console.log(/lolcakes/.test("some lolcakes"));
// Output: true

Use a double logical NOT operator.

return !!removedTL;

This will convert to true/false depending on if matches are found.

No matches gives you null, which is converted to false.

One or more matches gives you an Array, which is converted to true.

As an alternative, you can use .test() instead of .match().

/^(\d\d) - (\?\?|10|0\d):(\?\?|[0-5]\d):(\?\?|[0-5]\d) - (.*)/.test( myS );

...which gives you a boolean result directly.

var myS = "00 - ??:??:?? - a";
var patt = new RegExp("^(\d\d) - (\?\?|10|0\d):(\?\?|[0-5]\d):(\?\?|[0-5]\d) - (.*)");
var removedTL = patt.test(myS);

removedTL will hold a boolean value true if matched, false if not matched

Category:javascript Time:2011-08-13 Views:1

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