|Parsing postal addresses email@example.com (1997-10-14)|
|Re: Parsing postal addresses firstname.lastname@example.org (John Lindsay) (1997-10-16)|
|Re: Parsing postal addresses email@example.com (1997-10-16)|
|Re: Parsing postal addresses firstname.lastname@example.org (1997-10-17)|
|Re: Parsing postal addresses email@example.com (Henry Spencer) (1997-10-19)|
|Re: Parsing postal addresses firstname.lastname@example.org (1997-10-21)|
|Re: Parsing postal addresses email@example.com (W. Craig Trader) (1997-10-26)|
|From:||Henry Spencer <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||19 Oct 1997 00:54:36 -0400|
|Organization:||SP Systems, Toronto|
John Lindsay <email@example.com> wrote:
>> I am looking for information on parsing postal addresses ...
>Seriously, in the face of a probable mess of a problem like this,
>consider SNOBOL4, and in particular the SPITBOL compiler for SNOBOL4.
>This system and its cousins have bailed out more than one programmer
>in the face of nests of various incongruous data formats...
A less-drastic alternative is to use one of several freely-redistributable
regular-expression packages in C. They don't have quite the power of
SNOBOL4 or Icon, but there's also less learning overhead. For example,
ftp://ftp.zoo.toronto.edu/pub/bookregexp.shar is the earliest and simplest
(and probably most widely used, to judge by the mail I get).
| Henry Spencer
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