[tpm] I wish I was better at regex's

Uri Guttman uri at StemSystems.com
Wed Mar 9 14:45:31 PST 2011

>>>>> "JBL" == J Bobby Lopez <jbl at jbldata.com> writes:

  JBL> Then I suppose a rephrasing the question would be beneficial. 
  JBL> Instead of: "Strip comments from lines while obeying quoted
  JBL> strings"

  JBL> .. maybe:

  JBL> "Rip key/value pairs from line, and disregard comments".

  JBL> Which would put the focus on the key/val pairs (with an
  JBL> opportunity to normalize them; convert them all to quoted values,
  JBL> for example), instead of focusing on stripping the comments away.

sometimes rephrasing the problem helps a lot. in this case it didn't
matter to me once i saw the complex regexes being tossed about like hand
grenades! when that was happening it was obvious to me they were going
down the wrong path. as i said elsewhere, this is an old problem solved
long ago by parsing left to right with a proper parser (which can use
regexes!). the format is very similar to assembler code lines.


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