A new feature of Oracle Database 10g vastly improves your ability to search and manipulate character data. This feature,regular expressions, is a notation for describing textual patterns. It has long been available in many programming languages and a number of UNIX utilities.
Ok, so we are still using 8i at work, but this rocks! I wonder if we can skip directly to 10g. I doubt it though, ah well there is so much I don't know about Oracle, so no matter what version we use I will have lots to learn.