Making regex suck less

A.M. Kuchling amk at amk.ca
Sun Sep 1 23:07:24 CEST 2002


In article <3d725881.345921 at news.t-online.de>, Gerson Kurz wrote:
> in the match or find function. So basically, couldn't one come up with
> a *human readable* syntax for re, and compile that instead? Python

Maybe Ka-Ping Yee's rxb?  http://web.lfw.org/python/rxb15.py

The problem with a new syntax is that no one else would be using it, so
you'd still need to learn the existing syntax for use with grep, vi, Perl,
&c.  (It wouldn't surprise me if Perl 6's revised regexes run into this very
difficulty and don't gain much adoption.)

--amk



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