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Oracle database supports perl- and POSIX-compatible regular expressions with five elegant and powerful functions: REGEXP_REPLACE, REGEXP_SUBSTR, REGEXP_INSTR, REGEXP_LIKE, and REGEXP_COUNT.
This session will demonstrate their nuances and how to use them effectively for data cleansing, manipulation and selection, for validating things such as Social Security Numbers, credit cards, IP addresses, phone numbers, DNAs, XMLs, for extracting things such as email-ids, hostnames from URLs and strings, and for transposing delimited columns to rows. There will be a demo of a few tricky examples taken from forums.oracle.com and asktom.oracle.com.
The session will end with fuzzy matching and optimization techniques, and things to watch out for.
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