Regular Expressions 101

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<time.*?datetime="(.*)?"\s
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gm
<time
matches the characters <time literally (case sensitive)
.
matches any character (except for line terminators)
*? matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as few times as possible, expanding as needed (lazy)
datetime="
matches the characters datetime=" literally (case sensitive)
1st Capturing Group
(.*)?
? matches the previous token between zero and one times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
.
matches any character (except for line terminators)
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
" matches the character " with index 3410 (2216 or 428) literally (case sensitive)
\s matches any whitespace character (equivalent to [\r\n\t\f\v \u00a0\u1680\u2000-\u200a\u2028\u2029\u202f\u205f\u3000\ufeff])
Global pattern flags
g modifier: global. All matches (don't return after first match)
m modifier: multi line. Causes ^ and $ to match the begin/end of each line (not only begin/end of string)
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For a full regex reference for JavaScript, please visit: https://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/Web/JavaScript/Guide/Regular_Expressions