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2. Advanced Regular Expressions > Readable Regexes, /x and (?#...)

Readable Regexes, /x and (?#...)

Regular expressions have a much deserved reputation of being hard to read. Regexes have their own terse language that uses as few characters as possible to represent virtually infinite numbers of possibilities, and that’s just counting the parts that most people use everyday.

Luckily for other people, Perl gives me the opportunity to make my regexes much easier to read. Given a little bit of formatting magic, not only will others be able to figure out what I’m trying to match, but a couple weeks later, so will I. We touched on this lightly in Learning Perl, but it’s such a good idea that I’m going to say more about it. It’s also in Perl Best Practices by Damian Conway (O’Reilly).


  

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