Determine if a String is XML using Java and Regular Expressions

So again I am posting something I have to do every now and then and have to spend time, each time, to check the pattern or usage etc. for.

Once in a while, in an app that does not do much XML, and therefore is not already using an XML parser of some kind, will need to at the least, determine if a String is XML. With a pretty simple Regular Expression, it is possible using plain old Java and without using any specific XML technology.

I know there are other references out there for doing this, but it is here below as a code sample, for my easy reference and maybe it will help someone else out, who knows. Enjoy.

Are we XML (like) data? :

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


public class test {



    /**
     * return true if the String passed in is something like XML
     *
     *
     * @param inString a string that might be XML
     * @return true of the string is XML, false otherwise
     */
    public static boolean isXMLLike(String inXMLStr) {

        boolean retBool = false;
        Pattern pattern;
        Matcher matcher;

        // REGULAR EXPRESSION TO SEE IF IT AT LEAST STARTS AND ENDS
        // WITH THE SAME ELEMENT
        final String XML_PATTERN_STR = "<(\\S+?)(.*?)>(.*?)</\\1>";



        // IF WE HAVE A STRING
        if (inXMLStr != null && inXMLStr.trim().length() > 0) {

            // IF WE EVEN RESEMBLE XML
            if (inXMLStr.trim().startsWith("<")) {

                pattern = Pattern.compile(XML_PATTERN_STR,
                Pattern.CASE_INSENSITIVE | Pattern.DOTALL | Pattern.MULTILINE);

                // RETURN TRUE IF IT HAS PASSED BOTH TESTS
                matcher = pattern.matcher(inXMLStr);
                retBool = matcher.matches();
            }
        // ELSE WE ARE FALSE
        }

        return retBool;
    }



}/**/
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