Scanning a file character by character

Steven D'Aprano steven at
Tue Feb 10 18:11:10 EST 2009

On Tue, 10 Feb 2009 16:46:30 -0600, Tim Chase wrote:

>>> Or for a slightly less simple minded splitting you could try re.split:
>>>>>> re.split("(\w+)", "The quick brown fox jumps, and falls
>>>>>> over.")[1::2]
>>> ['The', 'quick', 'brown', 'fox', 'jumps', 'and', 'falls', 'over']
>> Perhaps I'm missing something, but the above regex does the exact same
>> thing as line.split() except it is significantly slower and harder to
>> read.


> Note the difference in "jumps" vs. "jumps,"  (extra comma in the
> string.split() version) and likewise the period after "over". Thus not
> quite "the exact same thing as line.split()".

Um... yes. I'll just slink away quietly now... nothing to see here...


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