Quick Tip - Detecting Special Characters In A String The Easy Way
Here’s a super easy way to detect special characters in a string. Consider the following.
$string1 = 'something' $string2 = 'some@thing' $string1 -eq $($string1 -replace '[^a-zA-Z]','') $string2 -eq $($string2 -replace '[^a-zA-Z]','')
String1 has no special characters, String2 does. All I’m doing is comparing the string to “the string if we replace everything that isn’t a regular letter” using the -replace operator.
It’s just that easy.
You could do the same thing with the -match operator, too. The point here is looking at the regex.
$string -match '[^a-zA-Z]'