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It's totally unavoidable, and totally indispensible. It's a cornerstone of some of the most interesting/innovative software being written today.
One of the most interesting, original, and influential languages of the 1960s, SNOBOL was designed around string-processing, pattern-matching, and textual transformation. Like many other one-idea languages (TRAC, APL) it was extremely powerful and elegant within its problem domain, but weak outside it (there also seems to be a law that such languages must have obscure syntax). It strongly influenced UNIX regular expression notation.
If it ain't regular expressions, it ain't no good. - LES
Les's ideas are no better than his grammar. The only advantage of regular expressions over Snobol pattern matching and Icon string scanning is that regular expressions are very terse. Perhaps because of their terseness, they quickly become unreadable as they become more complex. Pattern matching and string scanning are far more powerful, are quicker to write, and are far easier to debug. One writer said that if you have a problem and you solve it with a regular expression, you end up with two problems. If you need to do anything complex with strings, your best bet is Icon string scanning. Larry
This last one tells me why I get a horrible déjà vu of "There used to be a better way." when I can't write a regex to do what I want, or when I see a particularly nasty obscure regex (esp. in a Perl script).
Quick, what does: 's/\/\/\//\/\//' do? Edit: added smiley
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