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Regular Expressions: How Do They Work?

Dear programmer! I think it's time we talk about regular expressions. What do you think? Yes, I understand you know them and can use in most common real-life situations. It's great! I know some programmers, for whom more complicated regular expressions are quite a black magic. Even though they may...
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Don’t Fear the Regex: Getting Started on Regular Expressions

According to good ol’ Mozilla Developer Network, “Regular Expressions are patterns used to match character combinations in strings.”  Yes, strings as in text or — as the authors of Programming Perl point out — “If you take ‘text’ in the widest possible sense, perhaps 90 percent of what you do is 90...
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Exploring the Linguistics Behind Regular Expressions

Little did I know that learning about Chomsky would drag me down a rabbit hole back to regular expressions, and then magically cast regular expressions into something that fascinated me. What enchanted me about regular expressions was the homonymous linguistic concept that powered them. I hope to...
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Regular expressions are a powerful tool for pattern matching and searching that every sys admin should know.

An Introduction to Regular Expressions for New Linux Users

Regular expressions are a powerful means for pattern matching and string parsing that can be applied in so many instances. With this incredible tool you can: Validate text input Search (and replace) text within a file Batch rename files Undertake incredibly powerful searches for files...
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