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Thinking Regular Expressions

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My point is that I think many developers see it as hard/complex to understand and use regular expressions, but by getting the basic thinking right I believe it is really easy to getting started to use this powerful tool. The presentations was supposed to be a kick start.

Note! This presentations is not supposed to stand alone, it is done to support my talk.

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Thinking Regular Expressions

  1. 1. Thinking regular expression is your way to get started to use regular expressions
  2. 2. Mönster sökning vad är regex.
  3. 3. Validering
  4. 4. NOTIS: 12345 , the bugg x
  5. 5. 2008-02-21 2008 /03 / 22 20080423 2008 05 24
  6. 6. 21-02-2008 22-03-2008 23-04-2008 24-05-2008
  7. 7. 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  8. 11. ^
  9. 12. $
  10. 13. ^grey
  11. 14. ^ grey
  12. 15. ^ g rey
  13. 16. ^g r ey
  14. 17. ^gr e y
  15. 18. ^gre y
  16. 19. ^grey$
  17. 20. <ul><li>^grey </li></ul><ul><li>beginning of line ^ </li></ul><ul><li>followed immediately by g </li></ul><ul><li>followed immediately by r </li></ul><ul><li>followed immediately by e </li></ul><ul><li>followed immediately by y </li></ul>
  18. 21. / /Everybody get in front/ You know regular expressions
  19. 23. [ea] Character Classes
  20. 24. [1234] Character Classes
  21. 25. [1-4] Character Classes
  22. 26. [^1-4] Character Classes
  23. 27. . Any Character
  24. 28. + Repetition
  25. 29. * Repetition
  26. 30. d Shortcut [0-9]
  27. 31. D Shortcut [^0-9]
  28. 32. () Backreference
  29. 33. .+[?] Questions

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