Python and Regular Expressions

Patrick Maupin pmaupin at
Sat Apr 10 13:11:07 EDT 2010

On Apr 10, 11:35 am, Neil Cerutti <ne... at> wrote:
> On 2010-04-10, Patrick Maupin <pmau... at> wrote:
> > as Pyparsing".  Which is all well and good, except then the OP
> > will download pyparsing, take a look, realize that it uses
> > regexps under the hood, and possibly be very confused.
> I don't agree with that. If a person is trying to ski using
> pieces of wood that they carved themselves, I don't expect them
> to be surprised that the skis they buy are made out of similar
> materials.

But, in this case, the guy ASKED how to make the skis in his
woodworking shop, and was told not to be silly -- you don't use wood
to make skis -- and then directed to go buy some skis that are, in
fact, made out of wood.

I think it would have been perfectly appropriate to point out that it
might take some additional woodworking equipment and a bit of
experience and/or study and/or extra work to make decent skis out of
wood (and, oh, by the way, here is where you can buy some ready-made
skis cheap), but the original response didn't explain it like this.


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