Monday, July 25, 2005

The saddest post ever

One of the things that I had to come to terms with about 18 months ago was the fact that I needed to understand regular expressions.
The Oracle world has yet to really embrace these strange beasts, and so I was completely hidden from their glory.

Now, I've reached the point where I'm going to do possibly the saddest thing in the whole world. I'm going to post a recent regular expression onto this blog... here... now.

For a soon to arrive firefox extension, I needed to extract a number of complete sentences from a piece of text that numbered at least 100 characters in length. Here's how I did it:

(.|\n){200,}?[\.!\?\)"\n\r]+


OK, if you use apostrophes as quotation marks it falls down a little, but then you deserve a slap anyway ;-)

For being so sad, I must now go and whip myself with a birch branch.

Updated: OK, so I'm hoping that it now deals with newlines properly as well ;-) Serves me right!

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