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in thread String manipulation

If I am not asking for too much, can you please expand the regex with comments?

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Re^3: String manipulation
by citromatik (Curate) on Jun 24, 2009 at 07:22 UTC

    Sure:

    my $rx = qr/ ^ # At the beginning of the string ( # Capture in $1 (?: # Paren for grouping (don't capture in $2) \w # match a "wordy" character (?: # paren for grouping, \s+|\z # match at least one space or the end of the + string ) )* # zero or more times ) # end of capture $1 (.*) # and match what comes after storing it in $ +2 /x # allow these comments ;

    The rationale is to match at the beginning all the one-character strings, storing them in $1. The rest of the input will be catched in $2

    citromatik

Re^3: String manipulation
by Limbic~Region (Chancellor) on Jun 24, 2009 at 09:03 UTC
    abhy,
    If you don't know about YAPE::Regex::Explain, it is worth a look. I don't think it has been updated to take into consideration the new regex doodads in Perl 5.10 but it should be helpful regardless.

    Cheers - L~R