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Tutorial9: Regular Expressions

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INVESTIGATION 1: SIMPLE & COMPLEX REGULAR EXPRESSIONS
# Issue the following Linux command:<br><span style="color:blue;font-weight:bold;font-family:courier;">grep -w -i "^the" textfile1.txt</span><br><br>The '''^''' symbol is referred to as an '''anchor'''.<br>In this case, it only matches<br>the word "'''the'''" (both upper or lowercase) at the <u>beginning</u> of the string.<br><br>
# Issue the following Linux command:<br><span style="color:blue;font-weight:bold;font-family:courier;">grep -w -i "the$" textfile1.txt</span><br><br>The '''$''' symbol is used to anchor patterns at the <u>end</u> of the string.<br><br>
# Issue the following Linux command to anchor the <u>word</u> "'''the'''"<br>'''simultaneously''' at the <u>beginning</u> and <u>end</u> of the string:<br><span style="color:blue;font-weight:bold;font-family:courier;">grep -w -i "^the$" textfile1.txt </span><br><br>What do you notice?<br><br>Anchoring patterns at both the <u>beginning</u> and <u>ending</u> of strings can greatly assist<br>for more '''precise''' search pattern matching.<br><br>We will now be demonstrate the power '''effectiveness''' of anchoring<u>combining</u><br>combined '''anchors''' with <u>other </u> complex regular expressions symbols.<br><br><table align="right"><tr valign="top"><td>[[Image:regexps-4.png|thumb|right|280px|Anchoring regular expressions using '''period''' symbols at the '''beginning''' of text.]]</td><td>[[Image:regexps-5.png|thumb|right|250px|Anchoring regular expressions using '''period''' symbols simultaneously at the '''beginning''' and '''ending''' of text.]]</td></tr></table>
# Issue the following Linux command to match strings that begin with 3 characters:<br><span style="color:blue;font-weight:bold;font-family:courier;">grep "^..." textfile1.txt</span><br><br>What do you notice? Can lines that contain '''less than 3 characters''' be displayed?<br><br>
# Issue the following Linux command to match strings that begin <u>and</u> end with 3 characters:<br><span style="color:blue;font-weight:bold;font-family:courier;">grep "^...$" textfile1.txt</span><br><br>What do you notice compared to the previous command?<br><br>
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