Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

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I know, I'll use regular expressions.

I've heard of the famous quote

Some people, when confronted with a problem, think, “I know, I’ll use regular expressions.”

Now they have two problems.

attributed to Jamie Zawinski (jwz), but I hadn't been able to discover the source.

Jeffrey Friedl, on his blog, wrote an article a couple of years ago in which he went digging for the source of the quotation.

An interesting read; see also the comments, some of which shed further light on the history of this and related phrases. (There's also a comment by jwz himself.)

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