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in reply to Re: Multiline pattern matching
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Sorry, blue_cowdawg, you do a common mistake: You used dot star - please read Death to Dot Star! which explains why you should never ever use it :-)
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Re: Re: Re: Multiline pattern matching
by blue_cowdawg (Monsignor) on May 21, 2001 at 22:44 UTC

    Your Death to Dot Star post is rather convincing!

    I like merlyn's comment concerning inching along though. If I really had to write something to parse foo { ... }; I'd probably use that.

    What I find really intriguing however is the original question posed however vague. Given a Perl'ish structure of text where you have a symbol followed by a open curly brace followed by more text with possibly more curly braces (open and closed) how do you go about matching the right pair?

    My first instinct would be to look towards some sort of recursive parser and not a regex. What are your thoughts?

    
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