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Groovy supports regular expressions natively using the ~"..." expression. Plus Groovy supports the =~ (create Matcher) and ==~ (matches regex) operators. e.g.

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import java.util.regex.Matcher
import java.util.regex.Pattern

assert "cheesecheese" =\~ "cheese"

// lets create a regex Pattern
def pattern = \~"foo"
assert pattern instanceof Pattern
assert pattern.matcher("foo").matches()

// lets create a Matcher
def matcher = "cheesecheese" =\~ "cheese"
assert matcher instanceof Matcher
answer = matcher.replaceAll("edam")

// lets do some replacement
def cheese = ("cheesecheese" =\~ "cheese").replaceFirst("nice")
assert cheese == "nicecheese"

// group demo
def matcher = "[abc]" =\~ "\\[(.*)\\]"
matcher.matches(); // must be invoked
assert == "abc"  // is one, not zero
assert matcher[1] == "abc"

Since a Matcher coerces to a boolean by calling its find method, the =~ operator is consistent with the simple use of Perl's =~ operator, when it appears as a predicate (in 'if', 'while', etc.). The "stricter-looking" ==~ operator requires an exact match of the whole subject string.

(It would be nice to supply other Perl amenities, such as !~ and in-place edits of string variables. This is a job for someone familiar with the range of use cases, and their expressions in terms of Java Matchers. – John Rose.)

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