Parse or Pass?

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Tue Sep 4 16:51:17 CEST 2007


frenchy64 wrote:
> I'm very confused...I want to describe passing variables to functions
> and I've seen these two words used in very similar contexts.
> 
> Is there a difference between them?
> 
In general, "parsing" is analyzing the grammatical structure of a 
string. People sometimes talk loosely about "parsing the command line". 
but I don't think that's normally applied to providing the actual 
arguments (corresponding to the definition's "formal parameters") when a 
function is called - that's argument passing.

regards
  Steve
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