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Re: Reading from a buffer

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Reading from a buffer
Date: Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:10:31 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> The function 'buffer-substring-no-properties' is certainly a step in the
> right direction, thank you. I've now got it down to:
> (setq count (car (read-from-string (buffer-substring-no-properties (mark)
> (point)))))
> But I'm nothing short of astonished that there is not yet anything in
> standard Emacs Lisp that is comparable to a formatted read-from-buffer
> statement in a more conventional programming language like Fortran or C.
> I'm imagining something akin to '(insert (format...' but working in the
> opposite direction, something like '(unformat (read...'.  Perhaps I'll just
> create my own library of intuitive and easy-to-use buffer I/O functions
> since I expect to be doing quite a bit of this sort of thing in the future.

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