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From: Hartmut Kaiser (hartmut.kaiser_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-11-21 19:03:19

David Abrahams wrote:

> > Yes, and Slex is the other one
> Not to mention XPressive?

Xpressive is not really usable as a lexer, and Eric is aware of that. I have
a Wave lexer implemented with Xpressive here on my hard disk, and it
functions well, it is only 3 magnitudes slower as for instance the re2c
based one. The main reasons are:

- no optimization between different regex's used for token representation
(no internal NFA/DFA generation)
- no way to tell which alternative matched if using regex's containing

The first rules out using separate regex's, one for each token, the second
one inhibits us from using one giant regex with alternatives...

Both are probably merely natural restrictions stemmed from the fact
Xpressive is a regex library not a lexer generator. The same issues would
probably occur if we were trying to use Boost.Regex for this task.

Regards Hartmut

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