[Tutor] Pythonic way to extract delimited substrings
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Mon Apr 14 19:38:09 CEST 2008
Suggestions on the best way to extract delimited substrings strings from
a larger string?
Background: I have a long multi-line string with expressions delimited
with '<(' and ')>' markers. I would like to extract these substrings and
process them in a loop.
Because the left and right delimiters are different from each other
*and* multi-char strings, it would appear that the .split() method would
not be an appropriate tool for this work.
I know how to do this task with regular expressions, but I'm always
cautious about using a bazooka when a hammer will suffice.
What strategy would you recommend?
1. Write a simple parsing function using string primitives (find,
2. Use regular expressions
3. Use a 3rd party string processing module
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