Who makes comments like that? As far as I can tell, I'm the resident
regexphile on this newsgroup, and I certainly don't say that.
I find it frustrating that Pythonistas shy away from regex as much as
they do. Yes, Python strings have a rich set of built-in operations
which provide easy ways to do a lot of things traditionally done with
regexes in other languages.
Regex is a powerful tool, and programmers will improve their skill set
by knowing how to use them. But that's not the same as saying you can't
be a programmer if you don't know regex.
Idiots make comments like that, I've seen them in the past, and no, I
can't remember where As for me I'm not a regexphobe, more a
stringmethodphile. But I'm not going to use a dozen string methods when
one fairly simple regex will do the same job in one hit.