RegEx for Those Who Hunger for Regular Expressions

August 13, 2011

Here’s a useful description for those who need to feed their inner geek. How-To Geek describes “How To Use Basic Regular Expressions to Search Better and Save Time.” First, the Geek defines regular expressions:

Regular expressions are statements formatted in a very specific way and that can stand for many different results. Also known as “regex” or “regexp,” they are primarily used in search and file naming functions. One regex can be used like a formula to create a number of different possible outputs, all of which are searched for. Alternatively, you can specify how a group of files should be named by specifying a regex, and your software can incrementally move to the next intended output.

It’s important to note that regular expressions won’t work unless your software understands them.

The article gives clear and specific instructions and examples on getting started. It also provides links to three other resources you can turn to when you’re ready to move beyond the basics.

Cynthia Murrell, August 13, 2011

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