Today, I had to edit some specific values of a not-that-big csv file, and instinctively tried to do it manually from Atom. After
too many some tries, I concluded something was wrong. My regex was definitely on point, but Atom kept saying its Invalid regular expression thing.
I repeated my try, but this time from PyCharm, and… voilà!
But hey, wtf? Why are regex not working on Atom?
which seem to be more than a just few, and didn’t manage to find any related info on the official Atom documentation.
What I found is that an issue about the missing documentation problem has already been opened in the official discuss. As the user @jeancroy summed up pretty good in that same discussion, the missing features on the JS’ regex flavor are:
* No \A or \Z anchors to match the start or end of the string. Use a caret or dollar instead. * Lookbehind is not supported at all. Lookahead is fully supported. * No atomic grouping or possessive quantifiers. * No Unicode support, except for matching single characters with \uFFFF. * No named capturing groups. Use numbered capturing groups instead. * No mode modifiers to set matching options within the regular expression. * No conditionals. * No regular expression comments. * No /s modifier to make the dot match all characters, including line breaks.
More info about the flavor can be found in the official _regular-expression info index
Although missing lookbehind, atomic grouping or conditionals seems problematic for the find-and-replace utility of the editor, it seems there are not intention to change this any soon.
Nor I have to stop regexing from PyCharm.