Compile parses a regular expression and returns, if successful, a Regexp object that can be used to match against text.

When matching against text, the regexp returns a match that begins as early as possible in the input (leftmost), and among those it chooses the one that a backtracking search would have found first. This so-called leftmost-first matching is the same semantics that Perl, Python, and other implementations use, although this package implements it without the expense of backtracking. For POSIX leftmost-longest matching, see CompilePOSIX.