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C# CODE EXAMPLE created on Tuesday, June 01, 2010 permalink
How to strip off e.g. "note:" and "firstName: " from the left of a string using regex
This codes shows how you can use regular expressions to strip off a "label + colon" from a line e.g. if you are parsing through lines labels with codes on the left.
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Text.RegularExpressions;

namespace TestRegex8822
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            List<string> lines = new List<string>();
            lines.Add("note: this is a note");
            lines.Add("test:    just a test");
            lines.Add("test:tttjust a test");
            lines.Add("firstName: Jim"); //"firstName" IS a label because it does NOT contain a space
            lines.Add("first name: Jim"); //"first name" is not a label because it contains a space
            lines.Add("description: this is the first description");
            lines.Add("description:this is the second description"); //no space after colon
            lines.Add("this is a line with no label");
            lines.Add("she said to him: follow me");

            foreach (var line in lines)
                LabelLinePair llp = line.GetLabelLinePair();

    public static class StringHelpers
        public static LabelLinePair GetLabelLinePair(this string line)
            Regex regex = new Regex(@"(?<label>.+):s*(?<text>.+)");
            Match match = regex.Match(line);
            LabelLinePair llp = new LabelLinePair();
            llp.Label = match.Groups["label"].ToString();
            llp.Line = match.Groups["text"].ToString();

            if (llp.Label.IsNullOrEmpty() || llp.Label.Contains(" "))
                llp.Label = "";
                llp.Line = line;

            return llp;

        public static bool IsNullOrEmpty(this string line)
            return String.IsNullOrEmpty(line);

    public class LabelLinePair
        public string Label { get; set; }
        public string Line { get; set; }
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