Help improve program for parsing simple rules

Paul McGuire ptmcg at
Fri Apr 17 23:32:23 CEST 2009

On Apr 17, 2:40 pm, prueba... at wrote:
> On Apr 17, 11:26 am, Paul McGuire <pt... at> wrote:
> > On Apr 16, 10:57 am, prueba... at wrote:
> > > Another interesting task for those that are looking for some
> > > interesting problem:
> > > I inherited some rule system that checks for programmers program
> > > outputs that to be ported: given some simple rules and the values it
> > > has to determine if the program is still working correctly and give
> > > the details of what the values are. If you have a better idea of how
> > > to do this kind of parsing please chime in. I am using tokenize but
> > > that might be more complex than it needs to be. This is what I have
> > > come up so far:
> > I've been meaning to expand on pyparsing's example for
> > a while, to include the evaluation of the parsed tokens.  Here is the
> > online version,,
> > it will be included in version 1.5.2 (coming shortly).  I took the
> > liberty of including your rule set as a list of embedded test cases.
> > -- Paul
> That is fine with me. I don't know how feasible it is for me to use
> pyparsing for this project considering I don't have admin access on
> the box that is eventually going to run this. To add insult to injury
> Python is in the version 2->3 transition (I really would like to push
> the admins to install 3.1 by the end of the year before the amount of
> code written by us gets any bigger) meaning that any third party
> library is an additional burden on the future upgrade. I can't
> remember if pyparsing is pure Python. If it is I might be able to
> include it alongside my code if it is not too big.- Hide quoted text -
> - Show quoted text -

It *is* pure Python, and consists of a single source file for the very
purpose of ease-of-inclusion.  A number of projects include their own
versions of pyparsing for version compatibility management, matplotlib
is one that comes to mind.

The upcoming version 1.5.2 download includes a file
for Python 3 compatibility, I should have that ready for users to
download *VERY SOON NOW*!

-- Paul

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