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From Jochen Wiedmann <>
Subject Re: Proposed Contribution to Apache Commons,
Date Wed, 30 Sep 2015 06:44:20 GMT
Hi, Norman,

On Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 10:06 PM,  <> wrote:

> My colleague Jeff Rothenberg and I, retirees, have developed an alternative to
> using regular expressions for searching for (and optionally replacing)
> patterns in text.

I admit that I am becoming somewhat cautious by reading about "an
alternative" to one of the best researched and understood parts of the
theory of computer science, namely regular expressions.

We know exactly, how powerful regexes are. And we also know exactly,
what they can't do.

Regarding your work, we don't even know how it would look like.
Because, frankly, docs are quite sparse. And, what I found
( looks to me more like a different API to
creating regexes, rather than an alternative. And, why bother about
that? I never felt it to be painful to specify a regex in text. Did so
as a Perl programmer, as an Apache programmer (initially with Oro, and
the like) and nowadays as a Java programmer.

Sorry, but unless you come up with compelling reasons, I am -0 to -1.


The next time you hear: "Don't reinvent the wheel!"

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