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Prepared Patterns in details

Details about Pattern::inject()#

Pattern::inject() replaces a placeholder in the pattern.

Pattern::inject("(My|Our) (dog|cat) names are @ and @!", [$dog, $cat]);

Building process#

Here's how a given pattern is constructed:

Pattern::prepare(["(My|Our) (dog|cat) names are ", [$dog], ' and ', [$cat], '!'], 'i');

for values:

$dog = '';
$cat = '(?name';


  • Starting from the input:

    ["(My|Our) (dog|cat) names are ", [$dog], ' and ', [$cat], '!'], 'i'

  • Values supposed to be treated as string literals are cut out

    ["(My|Our) (dog|cat) names are ", ' and ', '!']

  • Pattern is then imploded

    "(My|Our) (dog|cat) names are and !"

  • Automatic Delimiters are used to choose the delimiter:

    • for standard pattern, a suitable delimiter is chosen automatically
    • for pcre(), the delimiter is assigned based on the first character in the pattern
  • In this case, / is chosen

  • Values supposed to be treated as string literals are quoted using extended T-Regx function, using the delimiter

    ["(My|Our) (dog|cat) names are ", preg::quote($dog, '/'), ' and ', preg::quote($cat, '/'), '!']
  • The final pattern is joined, flags are appended, and the pattern is returned

    /(My|Our) (dog|cat) names are 192\.168\.0\.1 and \(\?name!/i

Technically, these patterns are identical:

Pattern::of("My (dog|cat) names are " . preg::quote($dog, '/') . ' and ' .preg::quote($cat, '/') . '!');
Pattern::prepare(["My (dog|cat) names are ", [$dog], ' and ', [$cat] , '!']);
Pattern::inject("My (dog|cat) names are @ and @!", [$dog, $cat]);

...except there's some additional handling of PCRE_EXTENDED mode, to ensure integrity, and the fact that should there be / character in the pattern, Pattern::inject() would choose another one automatically, yet with preg::quote() you need to remember about it and update it yourself.

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