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Regular Expressions Cookbook, 2nd Edition by Steven Levithan, Jan Goyvaerts

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Chapter 8. URLs, Paths, and Internet Addresses

Along with numbers, which were the subject of the previous chapter, another major subject that concerns a wide range of programs is the various paths and locators for finding data:

  • URLs, URNs, and related strings

  • Domain names

  • IP addresses

  • Microsoft Windows file and folder names

The URL format in particular has proven so flexible and useful that it has been adopted for a wide range of resources that have nothing to do with the World Wide Web. The toolbox of parsing regular expressions in this chapter will thus prove valuable in a surprising variety of situations.

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