RE: Alternative Syntax for Regular Expressions?

"Quinn Tyler Jackson" <>
16 Oct 2001 00:06:29 -0400

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From: "Quinn Tyler Jackson" <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 16 Oct 2001 00:06:29 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
Keywords: lex, comment
Posted-Date: 16 Oct 2001 00:06:28 EDT

> I've been looking at some pretty hairy regular expressions (in Perl)
> recently that are virtually unreadable. The thought crossed my mind
> that maybe there are some alternatives to classic regular expression
> syntax out there. Note that I'm only talking about the syntax - it's
> hard to beat the semantics of regular expressions.
> Does anybody know of anything?

I think that I shall never see,
A form as kludgey as my RE,
A form that scans and scans away,
And lifts its character class to play.
A form who may in some forms wear
A nested bracket in its hair.
Grammars are made by fools like me,
But only code can read my RE.

Quinn Tyler Jackson
[Thanks, we all feel better now. -John]

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