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Search and Destroy with RegEx: Visual Studio Code Edition

Andy Levy unleashes the power of regular expressions in Visual Studio Code:

Kind of a diversion into a Visual Studio Code/Azure Data Studio tip here (this works in both, as well as SQL Server Management Studio). I’m not a regular expression guru – far from it. I use them occasionally, but usually find myself fumbling around for a bit trying to figure out just the right expression to do what I need.

I’ve known for a while that VSCode/ADS had regular expression matching built into its find/replace feature, but did you know you can also replace with it? It can help remove the tedium of doing a large amount of text processing.

It’s quite a bit different from the regular expression parser in SQL Server Management Studio, but the support of capture groups in VS Code is quite helpful, as Andy demonstrates.