Jeff Schoolcraft speaking on Regular Expressions in Rockville tonight!
Jeff Schoolcraft, a Senior Consultant with Thycotic Software Ltd, will be speaking on "Regular Expressions - Theory and Practice" at the WinProTeam Rockville .NET User Group meeting tonight.
Jeff has recently caused some debate in the community with industry personalities such as Randall L. Schwartz, Darren Neimke and Steven Smith weighing in on when not to use regex.
My opinion is that every tool in our toolbox is wonderful and has a purpose (regex perhaps being a little more wonderful than most!) - just don't try to use it for crazy things that could be done better with something else. By all means, validate that something looks like an email address with a regex but don't take it to new heights, rather send a confirmation email and be sure the email address is valid.