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Re^3: string match using with an N in any position

by Marshall (Prior)
on Nov 22, 2011 at 00:09 UTC ( #939346=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: string match using with an N in any position
in thread string match using with an N in any position

Yes, this is the idea!
I was out of town and using a friend's laptop without Perl installed and I was reluctant to post "untested code". This idea applies also in much more complex situations. I have one function that can generate regex'es with 4-12 terms from very similar length "search for" strings due to the "rules".

Anyway if the "rules" can be described as a regex generation algorithm, then I am suggesting in this thread an "additional tool to add to the Perl toolbox".

This had the added benefit of when the end user thinks that something should have either matched or not matched, the test output of the module can print regex'es for test cases (mine does). And the terms are simple enough that a user familiar with Windows '.', and '*' wildcards can tell me some new case to add or delete.

This "write the regex" code replaced what my working group came to call "the regex from hell" - so complicated that you might have to read Mastering Regular Expressions by Jeffrey-Friedl several times before you could understand it!


Comment on Re^3: string match using with an N in any position
Re^4: string match using with an N in any position
by bart (Canon) on Nov 22, 2011 at 18:00 UTC
    Here's another idea: Regexp::Assemble is a module that can combine regexps — and possibly optimize the result. Granted, nowadays perl already optimizes large regexps, so it's not as useful any more as it once was.

    Turning a glob pattern into a regexp isn't that hard: you can already get far by replacing every "?" with ".", "*" with ".*", and quotemeta everything else.

    %s = ( '?' => '.', '*' => '.*' ); s/(\W)/$s{$1} || "\\$1"/ge;

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