simplified Python parsing question

Eric S. Johansson esj at
Mon Jul 30 11:57:40 CEST 2012

On 7/30/2012 5:25 AM, Laszlo Nagy wrote:
> Did you try to use pygments?

thanks, I'll take a look.

> I would first tokenize the code, then divide it by statement keywords. 
> Finally, you just need to find expression/assignment statements in the 
> remaining sections. (Maybe there is a better way to do it.)

yeah the problem is also little more complicated than simple parsing of Python 
code. For example, one example (from the white paper)

*meat space blowback = Friends and family [well-meaning attempt]

*could that be parsed by the tools you mention? I suspect not but this is what I 
need to generate using speech recognition because it's easily spoken. A more 
complex example might be something like

new base = OS path-base name (old path)


if OS base exists (current path): new base name = OS path base name(current path)

What's particularly cute here is that using the translation technique I can 
actually describe the full object method path with a minimum of speaking 
overhead. Python is great. :-)

But the questions remain, will these tools are stuff like this?

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