Distilled to its simplest form, engineers solve problems largely by manipulating text: writing code (that often writes other code), querying or transforming data, validating input, filtering output, and so forth. As such, text manipulation is a critical skill that demands our proficiency. You may have heard that regular expressions can be used to do this, but know little else about them besides their resemblance to what happens when a cat finds your keyboard, or you may be completely unfamiliar with them. Regardless of your current knowledge level, come see them be demystified and take the next step on your journey to becoming a master text manipulator.


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Immensely helpful for a regex newbie. I have very little experience with using regex and have wanted to learn more, so this gave me a lot of tools and also an idea of where to go to learn more.

Good talk Matt! Very technical talk diving into the many nuances of regular expressions. Good way to describe what each character does. Even though I've used regular expressions, I still learned a few new things.

Loved this and all the slides.

Great content. Good examples with explanations of the examples and results.

Greg Fox at 11:57 on 17 May 2023

Great examples of some new tricks, and ideas on how to make them self documenting.

Kyle Schatzle at 09:12 on 18 May 2023

Matthew is always an excellent speaker. The talk was detailed, precise, and straightforward. It gave an excellent overview on a complex technical topic.