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Subject: [Boost-users] Regex Design trap
From: Sven Bauhan (Sven.Bauhan_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-09-08 04:44:28
I found a possible trap in the design of the syntax of the Regex library.
Consider the following code:
std::string text( "blabla123xyz" );
boost::regex expression( "\\w+(\\d+)\\w+" );
boost::regex_search( text, matches, expression );
text = "asdfghjkl";
std::string value = matches;
Although this code is not very useful, it can lead to inpredictable behaviour.
As far as i know the matches just reference the string position in the
original string. so when the string is changed the matches don't fit any
more. This may be a quite good performance but it requires to be very
careful. Especially if the string is just referenced somewhere and the
matches are given to somewhere else.
Furthermore as i saw the Regex library I wondered about its interface. It
seems more like a C library interface than C++ code. I also code in Ruby and
the Regex class is much more convenient. The pattern matching is done there
by a method of class Regex and returns the matches:
expression = Regex.new( "\w+(\d+)\w" )
matches = expression.match( "blabla123xyz" )
if ( matches ) ...
Would it be possible to implement such a more object oriented interface to
-- Dipl.-Ing. Sven Bauhan DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
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