PCRE, aka Perl Compatible Regular Expressions, is a query language created in 1997 by Philip Hazel.
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Perl Compatible Regular Expressions (PCRE) is a regular expression C library inspired by the regular expression capabilities in the Perl programming language. Philip Hazel started writing PCRE in summer 1997. PCRE's syntax is much more powerful and flexible than either of the POSIX regular expression flavors and than that of many other regular-expression libraries. Read more on Wikipedia...