I’ve always thought of regular expressions as party tricks used at a Magna Cum Laude party at MIT. I still do. Regular expressions are a mystery wrapped in enigma and set in a field shrouded in a thick mental fog. Unfortunately, I occasionally need to venture into that party in the foggy field to retrieve a domain name from a URL for example.
select REGEXP_REPLACE('https://mail.somedomain.com/flippyWidgets','.+:\/\/([^/]+).*', '\1') from dual
var url = "https://mail.somedomain.com/flippyWidgets/index.html?unread=954"; alert(url.match(/:\/\/(.[^/]+)/));