[San-Diego-pm] San Diego Perl Mongers Present Damian Conway

Bob Kleemann rkleeman at energoncube.net
Tue Jul 1 13:50:33 PDT 2014

I hope everyone had an educational and enjoyable evening with Damian.  I
know that I did.  I'd like everyone to share their feelings on the

In case anybody wanted to see the presentation, but couldn't make it,
Damian has a similar (shorter) presentation available online:


Also, recall that our monthly meeting will be Thursday, June 17th!

On Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 1:02 PM, Bob Kleemann <rkleeman at energoncube.net>

> The San Diego Perl Mongers present the amazing Damian Conway giving his
> entertaining and instructive talk "Everything You Know About Regexes Is
> Wrong":
> For most programmers, regular expressions are a riddle wrapped in a
> mystery inside an enigma shrouded in line-noise.
> So most sensible programmers either don't use them at all (and are thereby
> forced to reinvent worse wheels...badly), or else they fall back on an
> "evolutionary programming" approach: find an existing regex that looks like
> it might do, then randomly permute its "genome" over and over again until
> it appears to work.
> In this talk we'll go back to basics and discover that regexes mostly
> aren't what you think they are, mostly don't work the way you were told
> they did, and mostly shouldn't be created the way everyone tells you to.
> More usefully, we'll also talk about what regexes really are, how they
> actually work, and see how normal programmers can make use of their
> existing software development skills to construct correct and efficient
> regexes...without selling their souls or losing their minds.
> This one night event will happen on Monday, June 30th, starting at 7 PM at
> the offices of Knobbe Martens, 12790 El Camino Real #100, San Diego, CA.
> RSVPs (to rkleemann at gmail.com or via
> http://www.meetup.com/SanDiego-pm/events/191240962/) are not required,
> but are helpful.
> Please feel free to share this with any coworkers, user groups, or other
> technical associations that might be interested.
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