[UKUUG-Announce] UKUUG - FLOSS UK - 'Understanding Regular Expressions' 12th March
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Thu Feb 27 13:55:56 GMT 2014
'Understanding Regular Expressions' by Damian Conway
Full day of Training
Wednesday 12th March 2014
The Ambassadors Hotel, 12 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HX
full day of training - 10:00 - 17:00
Regular expressions are powerful and efficient tools for analyzing and
manipulating structured text-based data. They are available in most major
programming languages and as a key component of many other useful software
tools (browsers, command-line utilities, text editors, web servers, etc.).
But to most programmers, regular expressions remain a riddle wrapped in a
mystery inside an enigma shrouded in line-noise. They seem hard to create,
harder to use, and almost impossible to debug or maintain.
So most developers make an entirely rational choice: either don't use regexes
at all (the "Reinventing The Wheel...Badly" solution), or else just cut-and-
paste existing regexes, adapting them to the new task by trial-and-error (the
"Attack Of The Mutant Clones" approach).
This full-day class offers a third option, taking participants back to the
fundamentals of regular expressions and explaining what regexes really are
(i.e. NOT declarative pattern matching specifications) and how they actually
work (i.e. NOT simply by sequential character-to-character text comparisons).
The class also demonstrates 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 along the way.
The course is completely language-agnostic. Every example will be shown in all
five major modern dialects of regex syntax (ERE, PCRE, POSIX, P6, and Vimmish),
which collectively cover the use of regular expressions in: Apache, C, C++,
C#, Chrome, Clojure, egrep, Emacs, flex, Firefox, gawk, grep, Haskell, Java,
sed, VB.NET, and Vim.
Who should attend:
Programmers familiar with the basics of control flow, string handling, and
simple data structures, in any of the programming languages or tools listed
Damian Conway is a renowned programmer, speaker and educator, best known for
his work on Perl and Vim.
A PhD in Computer Science and a former Associate Professor at Australia's
largest University, he now runs an international IT training company,
Thoughtstream, which provides programmer training from beginner to masterclass
level throughout Europe, North America, and Australasia.
Over the past two decades Damian has delivered training classes for major
corporations including Apple, Yahoo!, Amazon, Canonical, Xerox, Qualcomm,
Canon, Michelin, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. and given seminars and
classes at institutions such as Harvard, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, U.Toronto and
Other technical areas in which he has published or keynoted include
programming language design, programmer education, communications skills,
object orientation, software engineering, computational linguistics, emergent
systems, declarative programming, bioinformatics, quantum computational
models, computer graphics, human-computer interaction, geometric modelling,
the psychophysics of perception, nanoscale simulation, and parsing techniques.
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