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Re^2: Are state machines just for parsing?

by samtregar (Abbot)
on Dec 07, 2004 at 22:23 UTC ( #413025=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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in thread Are state machines just for parsing?

As for your problem, couldn't you just serialize your DFA::Simple object's state to storage between web requests?

That's not the problem. The problem is that DFA::Simple wants to parse text on a filehandle to trigger events. I don't have a text file full of events, I have a user on the other end of an HTTP connection!


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Re^3: Are state machines just for parsing?
by diotalevi (Canon) on Dec 07, 2004 at 22:50 UTC
    I didn't see anything in the referenced code to indicate that it parsed anything. All it does to decide the next state is run a bunch of your test functions to see which one returns true. What your test functions do is up to them.
      You know, I think you're right. I didn't think hard enough about what $_ was in the examples I was looking at.

      Now I guess the only problem is that the code in DFA::Simple is decidedly scary. Maybe by tomorrow I'll have shaken the memory and I can start using the module with a clear conscience.


        One thing I'll note is that use strict isn't used in DFA::Simple. You may want to give it a treatment of that before actually using it. You'd want to rescind it when it calls your functions so that you can pass in function names instead of hard references.

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