Re: a little parsing challenge ☺

Thomas Jollans t at
Sun Jul 17 17:31:33 CEST 2011

On Jul 17, 9:47 am, Xah Lee <xah... at> wrote:
> 2011-07-16
> folks, this one will be interesting one.
> the problem is to write a script that can check a dir of text files
> (and all subdirs) and reports if a file has any mismatched matching
> brackets.
> • The files will be utf-8 encoded (unix style line ending).
> • If a file has mismatched matching-pairs, the script will display the
> file name, and the  line number and column number of the first
> instance where a mismatched bracket occures. (or, just the char number
> instead (as in emacs's “point”))
> • the matching pairs are all single unicode chars. They are these and
> nothing else: () {} [] “” ‹› «» 【】 〈〉 《》 「」 『』
> Note that ‘single curly quote’ is not consider matching pair here.
> • You script must be standalone. Must not be using some parser tools.
> But can call lib that's part of standard distribution in your lang.
> Here's a example of mismatched bracket: ([)], (“[[”), ((, 】etc. (and
> yes, the brackets may be nested. There are usually text between these
> chars.)
> I'll be writing a emacs lisp solution and post in 2 days. Ι welcome
> other lang implementations. In particular, perl, python, php, ruby,
> tcl, lua, Haskell, Ocaml. I'll also be able to eval common lisp
> (clisp) and Scheme lisp (scsh), Java. Other lang such as Clojure,
> Scala, C, C++, or any others, are all welcome, but i won't be able to
> eval it. javascript implementation will be very interesting too, but
> please indicate which and where to install the command line version.
> I hope you'll find this a interesting “challenge”. This is a parsing
> problem. I haven't studied parsers except some Wikipedia reading, so
> my solution will probably be naive. I hope to see and learn from your
> solution too.
> i hope you'll participate. Just post solution here. Thanks.

I thought I'd have some fun with multi-processing:

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