Regex Runner: a game to teach regular expressions to kids


Oh god, we’re teaching kids regular expressions now?

(In before inevitable “now you have two problems” meme appears, and I start to black out from repetition)

If you have children, I suspect you have a lot more than two problems.


But can it teach me regular expressions?


To become a regex Jedi you must solve this puzzle.
For your enjoyment. heh.


That puzzle is beautiful…and will never be solved by yours truly.

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Just to be clear… Is this game ever actually going to be released, or is it just a private project?


As a result of this post, I taught my mom about regular expressions today. We screen shared and I pulled up on her computer, then we went through the process of finding all the words that begin with G in the lyrics for “Keep the Customer Satisfied”. She seemed to get the hang of the idea pretty quickly!

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s/a lot more than two \(problems\)/99 \1 and a regex ain’t one/

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Also see Regexquest for more regex based puzzle fun -

I guess that may have been good for teaching, but I think that was the saddest quest I’ve ever been on.

Ok, I guess capturing dogs adds some motivation to a quest…

Nowt’s worked on me, like. YMMV.

Well, if you’re teaching them to read and write, you may as well go all the way towards literacy, eh?

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