My experience is that Perl's regex syntax is slightly slicker than Ruby's, though the difference is so slim as to be negligible for most purposes. Python's, meanwhile, is an ass sandwich -- it's almost as bad as PHP's regex syntax, and in some ways is even worse.
For text manipulation requiring nontrivial regexen, I'll stick to Perl (first choice) or Ruby (a very close second), thanks. For something simple enough, I'll go ahead and do something with PHP. I'm likely to stab myself in the leg, intentionally, repeatedly, before choosing Python for regexen under any noncoercive circumstances.
|print substr("Just another Perl hacker", 0, -2);||- apotheon
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