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Tuesday 18 December 2012

Regular expressions in CFML (part 1: overview)


Before I start
This started off being a single article, but it ended up way too long. And by the time I've come to be divvying it up, I'm thoroughly fed-up with it, so I'm not going to do the usual book-ending of each "sub-article", I'm just gonna fairly arbitrarily cut the thing into sections, and post each section as a new article. So it's gonna be best to start at the beginning and work through to the end, as the subsequent articles might not be fully contextualised in and of themselves. I'm also gonna serialise the thing over a few days, rather than releasing them all at once. Anyway... hold on to yer hat... regular expressions...

I've been mulling-over writing this article since I first started this blog. On one hand I'm fairly good with regular expressions, and a lot of ColdFusion developers (most of the ones I have encountered, anyhow) are not. So there's potential for a teaching exercise there. On the other hand Ben Nadel had banged-on so much about regexes so much in the past one might think there's little else left say on the matter.