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Fantasy fun with regular expressions

Just for a bit of fun, here is a comic relief from xkcd – a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. I generally enjoy obscure Math and Programming jokes, so this one on regular expressions has earned a honest LOL.

Whenever I learn a new skill, I concoct elaborate fantasy scenarios where it lets me save the day.

xkcd Regular Expressions comic

Programming while swinging on a rope might be pushing it, but then again Perl regular expressions are probably no longer than a single line. Ruby would have likewise made a fine choice.

Do you also have 200 MB of email to sort through? CompSci.ca has a complete regular expression tutorial series (in 15 parts, include omitted results). Personally, I am still waiting for Google to bring regular expressions out of Google Code Search labs, and into regular search.

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  1. Posted by engtech | January 26, 2007, 12:47 am

    I had to make a rule not to post XKCD comics even though they’re creative commons… otherwise I’d essential be reprinting every page.

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  2. Posted by Tony | January 26, 2007, 12:52 am

    Haha, yes. I promise this to be in moderation… it has been so far. :)

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