[erlang-questions] Re: Adoption of perl/javascript-style regexp syntax

Robert Virding <>
Wed Jun 3 11:24:44 CEST 2009


2009/6/3 mats cronqvist <>

> "Richard O'Keefe" <> writes:
>
> > That pain level is there for a good reason: if the Erlang string
> > syntax is giving you that much of a headache, it's because STRINGS ARE
> > WRONG and you should almost certainly be using trees instead.
>
>   Alas, re wants strings, and there's not much I can do about that.


Not quite true. The *underlying implementation* wants the regexp as a string
but this does not mean that the user has to supply it as a string. You could
very well allow the regexp as an AST (as well as?) and then internally
convert it to a string.

Robert


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