Coding 101 23: Perl: RegEx Search and Replace

Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and Shannon Morse

Guest: Patrick Delahanty

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Let’s talk about Regular Expressions
* In episode 2, we brushed past Regular Expressions … OUR BAD

Defn: At its simplest, A “Regular Expression” or “Regex” is a type of pattern-matching that can be used in searches or find and replace operations.
* In a Regex, each character of the string is its own metacharacter that can be combined with other metacharacters to identify patterns and even context
* Regular Expressions are used in most modern languages, and figure prominently into modern seach engines.

Perl is the standard-bearer for Regular Expressions in .NET, Java, Ruby and others

WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?!?!?!
* Quite simply… REGEX allows you to find, match and replace patters within any data set.
* It lets you search NOT just complete strings, but parts of strings.
– You can then replace those strings, or parts of strings with other strings.

They’re useful to parse files and provide a powerful search and replace tool.

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Comments

onegreat703 says:

Shannon is so beautiful!

Chris Punches says:

You can skip to 5:38 to keep irrelevant nonsense from wasting 338 seconds of your life.

installtekz says:

Shannon.. I am in love

El suisse says:

Programming in windows, editing in notepad???
wtf!!!

Diane Conrardy says:

Just watched a tutorial today on RegEx…these are mastered over time, and with a lot of practice!

Brian Moran says:

One long commercial with about 8 minutes of content sprinkled in.

LUTCHMAN Nicolas says:

the s//gi its just like sed in linux

Miguel Sensacion says:

Really great stuff in this episode.

Thanks !

Spykedjadedragon says:

I think the pacing is great for a beginner with clear explanations… Maybe try the examples as they do it to solidify the concepts?

Elgs Chen says:

Too much craps in this episode.

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