The history of regular expressions


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The history of regular expressions

In this movie, we'll take a look at the history of regular expressions. Now the history is not merely academic; it's actually important in understanding some of the key points in how regular expressions work. I think the most surprising part of the history of regular expressions is they first got their start in the field of neuroscience, way back in the 1940s. In 1943, McCulloch and Pitts developed models describing how the human nervous system works, or how a machine or a computer could be built to act more like a human brain. In 1956, Stephen Kleene described these models with an algebra that he called regular sets, and he created a notation to express them called regular expressions.

That's where we get the name from; Stephen Kleene is the one who coined it. But at this point, regular expressions have still not entered the computer world; they are not part of the digital age yet. It's not until 1968 when Ken Thompson, an early computer pioneer and one of the key develo...

The history of regular expressions
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The history of regular expressions provides you with in-depth training on Developer. Taught by Kevin Skoglund as part of the Using Regular Expressions

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