More Perl regex stuff in E

Marc Stiegler
Fri, 16 Apr 1999 10:19:12 -0700

-----Original Message-----
From: Chip Morningstar <>
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Date: Friday, April 16, 1999 10:07 AM
Subject: Re: More Perl regex stuff in E

>MarkM sez:
>>Here's a readability test: By reading this code, can you easily tell what
>>syntax it parses?
>Ick. No I can't. I probably could but it would be a puzzle-solving
excercise. I
>guess regular expressions are basically a write-only notation. The
>line-broken-and-commented form that somebody mentioned would be better.

I am convinced that regex was invented by the same people who invented APL.
It's a
conspiracy. And the enemies of readability and maintainability are winning

Massive commentary and short expressions are the last bunkers of defense we
have :-)