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See BLT.

regular expression: "... a defined grammar for use in complex pattern searching." (Quoted from first reference below.) The lingua franca of Perl (do I know what lingua franca means?? My impression is that it means something like "the real (or true, or frank, or honest) language" of, for example, Perl).

Useful, I guess, but painful at times. See AboutThesePages.




  • any text -- finds "any text"

I have a bunch of pages on regular expressions in Perl on my home TWiki -- I'll have to move them here.

See , below.



  • I just ran across an excellent resource for REs, see Power Regexps, Part II, by Simon Cozens. It is the second part of a three part article, I haven't found the URL for the first part yet. Some of it includes "verbalization" of the commands (similar to "x gets x + 1" for x = x + 1), which I find a very effective tool to learn and remember things.
  • The Regex Coach a graphical application for Linux and Windows which can be used to experiment with (Perl-compatible) regular expressions interactively.

Recommended for Specific Purposes

  • Fun with regular expressions; Deno; July 18, 2001 (?) -- How the effort to achieve Posix compliance impacts on regular expressions, why programs that use regular expressions that include things like [a..z] may not work as expected, sort order may depend on locale settings, and why [:lower] should be used instead of [a..z]. I found this in a reply Civileme made to someone: [expert] Strange behavior of AWK in Mandrake 8.1?;10 May 2002; expert@linux-mandrakePLEASENOSPAM.com, which included this:

>>export LC_LOCATE=C
>>awk -f simple.awk sample.txt

The trick is to use [:lower:] and [:upper:] type constructs to stay independent of LANG and LC_COLLATE variables--(I think you need to set both otherwise)

This is an experiment in making regular expressions (aka regexp, aka regex) easier to remember, by anthropomorphising them.

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Other WikiLearn Pages on Regular Expressions

  • Page Title: Summary

  • NeditRegularExpressions: Some examples of regular expressions I`ve used in Nedit`s search and replace dialog. Hint: If you`re going to do much with the dialog, click on the `Keep Dialog...

  • RegexRegularExpressionsExplained: Regular expressions can be complicated to understand, especially if you are just learning them (as I am). I am starting a series of pages on WikiLearn explaining...

  • RegularExpression: See BLT . regular expression : `... a defined grammar for use in complex pattern searching.` (Quoted from first reference below.) The lingua franca of Perl...

  • RegularExpressionDeconstruction: Moved to RegexRegularExpressionsExplained.


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