Monster Text Manipulation: Regular Expressions for the DBA, by Sean McCown

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Regular expressions can help you perform incredible tasks with very little effort. Need to create 1700 logins from an email request? Developers give you a single script with 300 stored procedures filled with table variables instead of temp tables? Need to move 500 databases to a different drive? Any of these tasks can take a long time to code, but regular expressions cuts that work from hours to seconds. I use regular expressions all the time and I have taken many tasks down from several days to just a few minutes. Stop writing code manually and let regular expressions do it for you.

Here you’ll learn:
• The most useful regular expression commands.
• The appropriate times to use regular expressions.
• How to use regular expressions to write code for you.
• How to incorporate regular expressions into large tasks and combine them with other methods.

Sean McCown is a Certified Master in SQL Server and a SQL Server MVP with 20 years of experience in high-end databases. He is also founder and co-owner of the website, where he records free SQL Server training videos and co-hosts the popular web show DBAs@Midnight. He is also an international speaker and the creator and author of the wildly popular (and free) Minion Maintenance tools and is President and Chief Architect of MinionWare Software.