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Re: [PATCH] add regexp-split


From: Neil Jerram
Subject: Re: [PATCH] add regexp-split
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2011 16:26:34 +0000
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Nala Ginrut <address@hidden> writes:

> Well, I see.
> So the previousĀ discussion didn't make this proc put into Guile?
> Now that so many people interested in this topic.Ā 

I'm afraid I can't recall what happened following that thread.

What feels important to me, though, is the elegance of the overall API.
There are already _some_ regex-related APIs in the core Guile library
(ice-9 regex) and I would guess that there are many many possible
variations of these and other string + regex processing APIs that one
might propose.  Also we've now demonstrated that regex-split can be
implemented, on top of the existing library, with only a few lines of
code.  Therefore I'd say (speaking only as an observer) that you need to
make a case for how your regex-split beautifully complements what's
already there in (ice-9 regex), or alternatively for replacing (ice-9
regex) with a more beautiful set of operations including regex-split.

Alternatively^2, you could package regex-split outside the core library,
as a test case for the guild hall.  Then it doesn't need to be justified
in relation to (ice-9 regex), it can just be a convenient module that
provides a more Python-like API.

Regards,
     Neil



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