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Re(4): Regular Expression Builder

by Dog and Pony (Priest)
on Sep 02, 2002 at 20:11 UTC ( #194630=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Re: Re: Regular Expression Builder
in thread Regular Expression Builder

After all ldkjdlkjf2098kklls probably isnt [[:alpha:]]+\d+[[:al­pha:]]+
I did play around once with a small script that did these things, when I was bored, and no, it probably isn't. But what I did was take several strings and tried to derive a common expression out of them - first looking for similarities, like a sequence of numbers in the middle, or whitespace at the end, or whatever, and then built sub-regexes from the parts. I think starting with splitting on non-words and such gave so-so results for things like email addresses..

Of course, I never really got any really usable results, but it was a fun exercise. :) What I wanted to say was that do decide which it should be you need a decent sample of several strings that should all match. Then it is sometimes possible to get something to build upon. Maybe. :)

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