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Python Regular Expressions in Python Introduction to Regular Expressions Email Groups

<_sre.SRE_Match object at 0x02E20660>

I never get the match printed. Instead, some metadata of the corresponding space in computer memory are displayed. What shall I do to be getting the matches?

2 Answers

Chris Freeman
MOD
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,332 Points

The re.search() returns a match object. to see the results of the search you need to inspect this object:

Python 3.4.3 (default, Oct 14 2015, 20:28:29) 
[GCC 4.8.4] on linux
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> >>> >>> >>> >>> twitters
<_sre.SRE_Match object; span=(66, 78), match='@kennethlove'>
>>> twitters.groups()
('@kennethlove',)
>>> twitters.group()
'@kennethlove'

Sure, here it is. It came through in the Challenge workspace. Thank you!

import re

string = '''Love, Kenneth, kenneth+challenge@teamtreehouse.com, 555-555-5555, @kennethlove
Chalkley, Andrew, andrew@teamtreehouse.co.uk, 555-555-5556, @chalkers
McFarland, Dave, dave.mcfarland@teamtreehouse.com, 555-555-5557, @davemcfarland
Kesten, Joy, joy@teamtreehouse.com, 555-555-5558, @joykesten'''

contacts = re.search(r'''
(?P<email>\b[\w\d*-_]+@[^\s\t,]+\b) #email
,[\s\t]
(?P<phone>\b\d{3}-\d{3}-\d{4})
''', string, re.I | re.M | re.X)


twitters = re.search(r'''
(?P<twitter>@[^\s\t]+)$
''', string, re.I|re.M|re.X)

[MOD: fixed formatting -cf]