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Re^3: Putting the stringified Regexp object into code

by roboticus (Chancellor)
on Nov 06, 2012 at 20:44 UTC ( #1002576=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Putting the stringified Regexp object into code
in thread Putting the stringified Regexp object into code


The reason kennethk is wondering why you're avoiding closures is that much template-generated code can be easily replaced with a closure. Generally a string eval can be replaced with something better.

Munging strings to generate functions is certainly possible, and many have done it. But sometimes it's just easier to generate the function itself. An example (very loosely) based on your sample code:

$ cat #!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; # Function to accept only 4 digit numbers my $v_4dig = gen_validator('^\d{4}$'); # Function to accept only 3 digit numbers my $v_3dig = gen_validator('^\d{3}$'); # Function to accept only lower-case alphabetic strings my $v_alpha = gen_validator('^[a-z]+$'); for my $t ('apple', 123, 456, 7890) { print "$t:\t", $v_4dig->($t), "\t", $v_3dig->($t), "\t", $v_alpha- +>($t), "\n"; } sub gen_validator { my $regex = shift; # Create function to validate against current regex return sub { my $data = shift; return 1 if ! defined $data; if (ref $data eq '') { return 1 if $data =~ /$regex/; } return 0; } } $ perl apple: 0 0 1 123: 0 1 0 456: 0 1 0 7890: 1 0 0

Update: Added the third validator function example, just for variety. Also added a couple of comments.

Update: Re-read thread and properly attributed suggestion.


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Re^4: Putting the stringified Regexp object into code
by sedusedan (Monk) on Nov 07, 2012 at 00:11 UTC
    Thanks for the suggestion. However, in this case, I really do want to generate code string, because I want to save the code to disk for embedding it in other code, among other uses. For example in Dist::Zilla::Plugin::Rinci::Validate.

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