Python and Regular Expressions

Neil Cerutti neilc at
Sat Apr 10 18:35:51 CEST 2010

On 2010-04-10, Patrick Maupin <pmaupin at> wrote:
> Trust me, I already knew that.  But what you just wrote is a
> much more useful thing to tell the OP than "Every time someone
> tries to parse nested structures using regular expressions,
> Jamie Zawinski kills a puppy" which is what I was responding
> to.  And right after regurgitating that inside joke, Chris
> Rebert then went on to say "Try using an *actual* parser, such
> 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

Neil Cerutti

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