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L A Walsh
November 24, 2020 01:39
Re: Looking for someone to adopt adding trim() to core
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On 2020/11/23 16:51, Dan Book wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 7:46 PM L A Walsh < 
> <>> wrote:
>     On 2020/11/18 08:37, Dan Book wrote:
>     > On Wed, Nov 18, 2020 at 3:17 AM L A Walsh <
>     <>
>     > < <>>> wrote:
>     > The documentation added by the PR explains it. It removes leading
>     and
>     > trailing whitespace.
>     ----
>         That begs the questions:
>         0) if whitespace, that includes tabs, LF's CR's, i.e.
>            any thing '\s' matches?
>         1) What if I only want to trim at beginning or end?
>         2) Why not support a regex like, say, TCL does?
>         I.e. why should a perl command be limited to only trimming
>     whitespace?
> This has been discussed in the feature request ticket, summed up 
> at
    I didn't see anyone pointing out the circular logic of limiting
this to '\s'?  I.e.

      * scottchiefbaker <> * commented
      Jul 14, 2020

Languages that allow a second argument list of what to remove: PHP

Languages that just implement |\s|: Javascript, Ruby, Raku, Python

I know for certain that Javascript was heavily influenced by perl,
Raku was perl6, python's regex (thus '\s' ) came from perl, and I'm pretty
sure Ruby had similar influences. 

Might want to add TCL to languages that support alternatives to simple
whitespace stripping.  TAB is oft used as a field separator, and skipping
past LF's seems and other white space seems unnatural.

That the perl-derived langs all used '\s' just shows how they got lazy
and used '\s' instead of a subset or just literal spaces.

Certainly support for an optional regex 'range', would be of more use, i.e.
[\ \t\j\r...].  Option 4 could be special cased easily enough.

So what was the objection to this being an '.xs' module in CORE?  Wouldn't
the same efficiencies be achieved?

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