[Python-Dev] Revising RE docs

Greg Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Thu Sep 1 06:10:03 CEST 2005

Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
> But you could have string objects (or a derivative) grow a
> "compiled_regexp" attribute internally.

That would make the core dependent on the re module,
which I think would be a bad idea.

Personally I like the way the compilation step is
made at least somewhat explicit. Regular expressions
are not strings; a string is just one way of representing
a regular expression. There could potentially be other
representations that compile to the same re object.


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