[Python-ideas] Add regex pattern literal p""

Anders Hovmöller boxed at killingar.net
Thu Dec 27 09:01:02 EST 2018

> We can use this literal to represent a compiled pattern, for example:
> >>> p"(?i)[a-z]".findall("a1B2c3")
> ['a', 'B', 'c']

There are some other advantages to this. For me the most interesting is that we can know from code easier that something is a regex. For my mutation tester mutmut I have an experimental regex mutation system but it just feels wrong to write hacky heuristics to guess if a string is a regex. And it's complicated to look at too much context (although I'm working on ways to make that type of thing radically nicer to do). It would be much nicer if I could just know based on the AST node type. I guess the same goes for static analyzers. 

/ Anders

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