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Re: [Chicken-users] Re: regex and named subpatterns

From: John Cowan
Subject: Re: [Chicken-users] Re: regex and named subpatterns
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2008 09:40:18 -0500
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

Alex Shinn scripsit:

> Chicken regexp's historically weren't tied to PCRE, and
> provided a fairly minimal feature set to accomodate all the
> backends equally.  It now always uses PCRE, and you could
> get at the named subpatterns with pcre_get_named_substring()
> if you returned the match object, but personally I don't
> think it should be bound too strongly to PCRE.

I think the contrary: since we are committed to allowing access to the
extended regex features of PCRE (which helps portability: no more random
lossage because I use an extension that your regex package doesn't have),
we should also provide access to the API of PCRE.  This seems to me much
more Chicken-y.

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