Preparation script: regexp processor creates no column

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    jrouquie Dataiker Alumni Posts: 87 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
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    About the regular expression processor, there is a common misconception: some people expect just one output column, containing everything that has been matched by the regular expression.

    But this processor is actually more powerful:

    • First, it allows to create a column with only part of what has been matched. For instance, if you want to extract the link of a simple HTML tag like `<a href="">`, you could write `<a href="([^"]*)">`. The parentheses are a capture, and designate what you want to extract. In this case, the output column will contain ``.
    • Second, it allows to create several columns at once: simply have several captures in the regexp! Which also means that, confusingly, if there are no capture then there are no created columns.

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