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Student note about error multiline anchors (^ or $)

If you are using a different version of Ruby/Rails and getting the error

"The provided regular expression is using multiline anchors (^ or $), which may present a security risk. Did you mean to use \A and \z, or forgot to add the :multiline => true option?"

You've probably plugged it in and it didn't work. the fix is to add * before \z, *\z.

Of course, if you got this far with a different version, then you probably don't need my help with regEx... but some people seem to hate regEx so I thought I'd share.

Why was this changed? I'm guessing it had to do with new line characters being an issue in validations. \A...*\z doesn't stop when it reaches a new line character, while ^ ...+$ does.

Basically, validating for \A...*\z tests as a string, while ^ +$ tests it as a line. Additionally, if you want to test as a string but stop at the end of a line, there's a way to do that too, but I don't want to confuse myself anymore than I already am.