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Discussion on: The Power of Regular Expressions

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Ben Halpern

This has never made any sense to me. If regex has standards across languages it would be so much more powerful.

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There are reasons for that. To stay within the Unix world: when Unix became graphical with the Blit terminal, there was no reason to limit text objects to single lines anymore, so structural regular expressions were invented. Around the same time, Perl was made as a superset of Unix regex. From there, it all went wrong, I guess.