in reply to Re^5: greedy subexpression between two nongreedy ones
in thread greedy subexpression between two nongreedy ones
In my twenty-five years of programming, my experience in consulting people with questions is that they prefer to have a narrowed example that demonstrates the problem concisely, rather than have it buried in code that has no bearing on the problem. Most take this as a sign that the asker has done some work already in trying to find an answer, and look upon that favorably. (And more than once, I've found my own solution just in the process of framing the question for someone else.) I apologize if this approach is inappropriate here in the monastery, and thank everyone who responded despite my phony presentation.