Remove all Non-Alphanumeric Characters from a String (with help from regexp)

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It’s often useful be be able to remove characters from a string which aren’t relevant, for example when being passed strings which might have $ or £ symbols in, or when parsing content a user has typed in. To do this we use the regexp package where we compile a regex to clear out anything with isn’t a letter of the alphabet or a number.

package main

import (
    "fmt"
    "log"
    "regexp"
)

func main() {

    example := "#GoLangCode!$!"

    // Make a Regex to say we only want letters and numbers
    reg, err := regexp.Compile("[^a-zA-Z0-9]+")
    if err != nil {
        log.Fatal(err)
    }
    processedString := reg.ReplaceAllString(example, "")

    fmt.Printf("A string of %s becomes %s \n", example, processedString)
}

remove alpha numeric chars

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Author:  Edd Turtle

Edd is the Lead Developer at Hoowla, a prop-tech startup, where he spends much of his time working on production-ready Go and PHP code. He loves coding, but also enjoys cycling and camping in his spare time.

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