regular expressions

Dan Shafer revdan at
Mon Jul 4 15:52:57 CDT 2005

JavaScript defined a regex class fairly early on to insulate users of  
that xTalk-like language from the rigors of RegEx syntax, which can  
be not only daunting but is inherently unreadable, sort of like  
assembly language.


On Jul 3, 2005, at 8:56 AM, Mark Wieder wrote:

> Marielle-
> Sunday, July 3, 2005, 4:57:28 AM, you wrote:
> ML> Of course, the learning curve is very very slow... of course it  
> is very easy to
> ML> make errors and quite difficult to keep track of what you are  
> effectively
> ML> doing.  My approach is to test my regEx in editors like BBedit  
> (mac) or notetab
> ML> (pc) first, so that I can tune them in an environment where I  
> can rapidly check
> ML> that the effects are as desired (and yes, this may take a few  
> trial and
> ML> errors).
> I'm also quite fond of The Regex Coach (pc)
> ML> Believe me, once you come to master regEx (which requires  
> extensive use, in
> ML> different contexts) them, you come to see them as a real  
> blessing rather than a
> ML> curse. After a rocky start, you just fall deeply in love with  
> them.
> ...although I dare say that anyone who has trouble with Hungarian
> notation will run screaming from regex syntax. Very powerful, but
> about as far from xTalk's natural language approach as you can get...
> -- 
> -Mark Wieder
>  mwieder at
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