Regular Expressions niggle

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blitzer99
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Regular Expressions niggle

Post by blitzer99 » Mon Jul 04, 2005 1:52 am

This is a general criticism about Regular Expressions (REs), not AFR. Have you ever noticed how difficult they are to master and how incomprehensible they are? No? Well just try debugging one that's not working and you will see what I mean. :roll:
The point of this message is to ask for some guidance. All the REs documentation I have been able to find on the web concentrates on just matching (i.e. finding) text. However, in the real world what we want to do is not only find one string of text but to replace it with another. Yet the RE syntax for replacing text is different to that for searching. And the RE documentation I have been able to find does not cover this aspect of REs at all. :cry:

So, does anyone know of a good source of documentation for REs that includes both searching and replacing?
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Post by NormLane » Mon Nov 21, 2005 1:27 am

Very sorry to see no reply to this question. The explanation in help is more confusing than helpful. It looks like it's going to take days to dig out the info I need. I think I regret this purchase.

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Post by Abacre » Mon Nov 21, 2005 4:37 pm

In fact there is no literature on the marking about replacing with
R.E. That's why we did not reply. Information in help file is
disordered in terms of there are no step-by-step hints about how to
start using R.E. It's more features/option oriented help file.

I think that we have to write some kind of guide about R.E. in our
help file. For now you may still read this forum where you may find
plenty of examples or typical situation about using R.E.

If you have concrete questions please ask here.
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