[talk-au] Street Abbv. patch for validator plugin

Sam Couter sam at couter.id.au
Wed Jul 8 10:17:20 BST 2009

John Smith <delta_foxtrot at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Java flavoured, and I'm not talking about tasting coffee here :)

Java regexes are almost Perl-compatible regexes (PCRE).

> You are probably correct, it's taken me a number of years to get my head round regex for the amount I dabble in at present, and I have no idea which would be more efficient for the parser...

Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know,
I'll use regular expressions."  Now they have two problems.
  -- Jamie Zawinski in comp.emacs.xemacs

The quote isn't quite true, but it's witty and something to keep in
mind: regexes are hard to write right and even harder to read.

I believe the \.? expression is more efficient than (|.), and I also
think it's easier to read.
Sam Couter         |  mailto:sam at couter.id.au
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