Introduction to Bash, VIM & Regex Introducing Regular Expressions
Transcript from the "Introducing Regular Expressions" Lesson
[00:00:35] If you learn them, you can use them pretty much anywhere. The command line, programming language. But they're a little bit weird to look at, and they take some getting used to. But I think they're very powerful. I probably write regular expressions every single day. Even if I'm not really doing much on a computer, preferably at least a regex here and there, just because, once you know them and once you're kind of used to them, there's just so many places where you just need to fix some text a little bit.
[00:01:12] And you can also use them from inside of VIM and other editors. So plenty of opportunities to use them once you can get to know them. So here's a few of those commands. We've already seen grep and sed, which are probably in your system. There's also, you can use perl or vim or less.
[00:01:30] It's all places where you can find regexes. There are some annoying differences sometimes between the engines because in some of them you have to escape different meta characters in different ways. But,
[00:01:53] Like splitting, so I could just show you what each of these looks like. So here if we have a string, and we wanna split on a regex. So I'll get into a moment, but \s means wide space. + means one or more. So we can