Using regular expressions

Regular expressions are the heart of text-processing techniques based on pattern matching. For fluency in writing text-processing tools, one must have a basic understanding of regular expressions. Using wild card techniques, the scope of matching text with patterns is very limited. Regular expressions are a form of tiny, highly-specialized programming language used to match text. A typical regular expression for matching an e-mail address might look like [a-z0-9_]+@[a-z0-9]+\.[a-z]+.

If this looks weird, don't worry, it is really simple once you understand the concepts through this recipe.

How to do it...

Regular expressions are composed of text fragments and symbols, which have special meanings. Using these, we can construct ...

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