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Object Orientation and General technical topics module Q802
Regular Expression Elements
Exercises, examples and other material relating to training module Q802. This topic is presented on public courses Regular Expressions, Intermediate Python

Regular expressions comprise a number of element types such as literals, counts and assertions. In this module, we introduce you to these fundamental elements and show you how to start to build powerful patterns using them.

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Pattern Matching - a primer on regular Expressions
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4763Regex Reference sheet
For PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expressions) Character classes [abcd] [^abcd] [A-J] [[:word:]] style alnum letters and digits alpha letters ascii character codes 0 - 127 blank space or tab only cntrl control characters digit decimal digits (same as \d) graph printing characters, excluding space lower lower ...
4505Regular Expressions for the petrified - in Ruby
Regular Expressions ... frighten ... newcomers at their apparent peverseness and complexity. But they need not - regular expressions are made up of just a handful of types of elements and once you realise this, they become easy! The background is that you want to ask is a string of text looks like ...
2804Regular Expression Myths
Does this look good to you?   /.*\S+[@]\S+.*/ It shows some regular expression myths that I would like to explode! Myth 1. If you want to match a specific character, you must put it in square brackets. WRONG ... Square Brackets are a grouping - if you're looking to match just a single specific ...
1849String matching in Perl with Regular Expressions
Some languages used adaptive or overridden operator to perform a task depending on the operands - for example in Java, the "+" operator adds numbers, but concatenates strings, and in PHP the == operator compares numbers or strings, depending on the operand types. But in Perl 5, it's often up to the ...
1799Regular Expressions in PHP
Regular Expressions allow you to check if a string of text matches a particular pattern - for example to see if the data that a user has entered into a form looks like a Postcode / zipcode ... and then to extract the vital parts of the string that you're checking into separate variables. Down the left ...
1766Diagrams to show you how - Tomcat, Java, PHP
I like to work with a flipchart occasionally, and I have been doing so quite a bit this week, which is a week that I'm giving a wide ranging web server deployment course under Linux, covering both LAMP / PHP technologies, and Tomcat / Java too. Why do I like using a flipchart? Because it encourages ...
1480Next course - 7th January 2008, Regular Expressions
Yesterday afternoon ... I finished my training for 2007, and I'm now looking forward to two weeks of days with a different metric. Don't get me wrong - I utterly enjoy the training but all sorts of things have been stacking up to attend to including personal time. So it's not "quiet" but rather "different". In ...
453Commenting Perl regular expressions
Do you sometimes find Perl regular expressions hard to follow? If you do, remember that you can use the "x" modifier which allows you to space them out; with the "x" modifier, white spaces in the regular expression are ignored. You can go further; once you've specified the "x" modifier, you can ...
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Topics covered in this module
Literals - Alphanumeric and special characters
Anchors and other Assertions
Character groups using [ ... ]
Extended character groups - the two alternative styles
Bracketing groups and alternation
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