NOTE: To win prizes, you must post a comment below (and mention which prize you would be interested in).
Not so long ago, I was walking down 14th street in New York City when out of no where, I started to think about Regular Expressions. They are just so awesome. I actually took a moment out of my walk home to stop and think about how much they have made my life better. That might seem like a silly notion to those who have not yet used regular expressions, but I think, to those of you who have used them, this feeling might not be so foreign. Everyday might be a bit of a stretch, but I certainly use regular expression every single week in my work; and, I'm finding new ways to leverage regular expressions all the time.
Regular Expressions are so awesome that I wanted to find a way to really give them their moment in the sun. And so, I am hereby announcing the first ever National Regular Expression Day on Sunday, June 1st, 2008. I'd like this to be a day where people take some time to reflect on how useful regular expressions are. And, if you haven't yet used regular expressions, this would be a great day to maybe set aside some time and finally see what all the hubbub is about.
And, what national holiday would be complete without some cool prizes and give-aways? To be honest, originally, I wanted to do something cool where people got to flex their Regular Expression muscles, but I have been way too busy lately to really devote a lot of brain power to that. So, as an easy way to enter the give aways, all you have to do is post a comment below (before June 2nd) on how much you like regular expressions and what prize you would be interested in winning. Winners will be selected Monday, June 2nd, 2008. And, what can you win, you ask? Some of the following regular expression related goodies: