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

Bob Kleemann rkleeman at energoncube.net
Wed Jun 25 13:02:19 PDT 2014

The San Diego Perl Mongers present the amazing Damian Conway giving his
entertaining and instructive talk "Everything You Know About Regexes Is

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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