Python and Regular Expressions

Stefan Behnel stefan_ml at
Sat Apr 10 14:05:35 EDT 2010

Patrick Maupin, 10.04.2010 19:11:
> 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.

Running a Python program in CPython eventually boils down to a sequence of 
commands being executed by the CPU. That doesn't mean you should write 
those commands manually, even if you can. It's perfectly ok to write the 
program in Python instead.


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