One liners

Roy Smith roy at
Sat Dec 7 04:53:07 CET 2013

In article <mailman.3695.1386386415.18130.python-list at>,
 Dan Stromberg <drsalists at> wrote:

> A lot of things people do with regex's, could be done with string methods
> more clearly and concisely.

That is true.  The problem is, there are a lot of things for which regex 
is the right tool, but people get out of practice using them (or never 
learned how) because they gravitate to string methods for most tasks.

It's like any sharp tool.  When skillfully handled, they're excellent at 
the tasks they were designed for.  But, if you don't practice the 
necessary skills, you end up just re-enacting the Black Night Sketch.

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