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From: Brian Hurt <bhurt@s...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] ANNOUNCE: mod_caml 1.0.6 - includes security patch
On Fri, 16 Jan 2004, Richard Jones wrote:

> Being able to write:
> 
> var ~ /ab+/
> 
> and similar certainly makes string handling and simple parsing a lot
> easier.
> 

That (or something close to that) could be done via a library.  What I'd 
like to see is to be able to pattern match on regexs, like:

match str with
	| /ab+/ -> ...
	| /foo(bar)*/ -> ...

etc.  The compiler could then combine all the matchings into a single DFA, 
improving performance over code like:

if (regex_match str "ab+") then
    ...
else if (regex_match str "foo(bar)*") then
    ...
else 
    ...

The regex matching would also let the compiler know if there were possible 
unmatched strings (these would should up as transitions to the error state 
in the DFA).

Hmm.  Actually, you could get close to this.  You simply write a function 
with the signature:

val multiway_regex: (string * 'a) list -> string -> 'a

The assumption here is that 'a would be a variant type.  This would allow 
you to do:

type my_regex_matching = Abb | Foobar | ... ;;

let regex = multiway_regex [ ("ab+", Abb); ("foo(bar)*", Foobar); ... ];;

match (regex string) with
	| Abb -> (* matched /ab+/ *)
	| FooBar -> (* matched /foo(bar)*/ *)
	...

No- you'd want to be able to grab the substrings.  So the type should be:

val multiway_regex: (string * (string list -> 'a)) list -> string -> 'a

Where the string list passed in to the generator function would be the 
list of substrings matched inside parens.

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