Nongreedy quantifiers : Greedy « Regular Expressions « Java

Nongreedy quantifiers

import java.util.regex.Matcher;
import java.util.regex.Pattern;

public class Main {
  public static void main(String[] argv) throws Exception {
    // Nongreedy quantifiers
    String match = find("A.*?c", "AbcAbc"); 
    match = find("A.+?", "AbcAbc"); 

  public static String find(String patternStr, CharSequence input) {
    Pattern pattern = Pattern.compile(patternStr);
    Matcher matcher = pattern.matcher(input);
    if (matcher.find()) {
    return null;


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