PyWart: Python regular expression syntax is not intuitive.

Rick Johnson rantingrickjohnson at
Wed Jan 25 17:26:54 EST 2012

On Jan 25, 3:41 pm, Duncan Booth < at invalid.invalid> wrote:
> Rick Johnson <rantingrickjohn... at> wrote:
> > On Jan 25, 2:17ÿpm, Ian Kelly < at> wrote:
> >> On Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 10:16 AM, Rick Johnson
> >> Did you read the very first sentence of the re module documentation?
> >> "This module provides regular expression matching operations *similar
> >> to those found in Perl*" (my emphasis). ÿThe goal here is
> >> compatibility with existing RE syntaxes, not readability. ÿPerl uses
> >> the (?...) syntax, so the re module does too.
> > @Duncan and Ian:
> > Did you not read the title of my post? :o) " Python regular expression
> > syntax is not intuitive." While i understand WHERE the syntax
> > orientations from, that fact does not solve the problem. The syntax is
> > not intuitive, and Python should ALWAYS be intuitive! We should always
> > borrow ideas from anyone (even our enemies) when those ideas support
> > our ideology. Perl style regexes are not Pythonic. They violate our
> > philosophy in too many places.
> Or we could implement de-facto standards where they exist.

Are you so naive as to think that the Perl folks are even *slightly*
interested in intuitive regexps? Have you written, or even read, any
Perl code my friend? The *standards* are broken. Obviously they don't
care, or they prefer the esoteric nature of their cryptic creation.

> *plonk*

And good day to you.

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