a little parsing challenge ☺
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Wed Jul 20 02:23:09 EDT 2011
On 18.07.2011 16:39, Xah Lee wrote:
> On Jul 17, 12:47 am, Xah Lee<xah... at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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
> Ok, here's my solution (pasted at bottom). I haven't tried to make it
> elegant or terse, yet, seeing that many are already much elegent than
> i could possibly do so with my code.
> my solution basically use a stack. (i think all of us are doing
> similar) Here's the steps:
> • Go thru the file char by char, find a bracket char.
> • check if the one on stack is a matching opening char. If so remove
> it. Else, push the current onto the stack.
> • Repeat the above till end of file.
> • If the stack is not empty, then the file got mismatched brackets.
> Report it.
> • Do the above on all files.
Small correction: my solution works differently (although internally the
regexp engine will roughly do the same). So, my approach summarized
- traverse a directory tree
- for each found item of type "file"
- read the whole content
- throw it at a regexp which is anchored at the beginning
and does the recursive parsing
- report file if the match is shorter than the file
Note: special feature for recursive matching is used which Perl's regexp
engine likely can do as well but many others don't.
remember.guy do |as, often| as.you_can - without end
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