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Re: Perl 5's "non-greedy" matching can be TOO greedy!

Nathan Torkington
December 14, 2000 15:22
Re: Perl 5's "non-greedy" matching can be TOO greedy!
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Deven T. Corzine writes:
> I haven't even SEEN an example where the current behavior is actually
> preferable than my proposed behavior, have you?  (And I'd expect at least a
> FEW, though I suspect there are probably more counterexamples.)

I think the biggest problem with your idea is that it requires the
engine to keep looking even after it finds a match, to see if there's
another shorter match.  This would make *every* match much much
slower, potentially heatdeathoftheuniverse slower.

I like the current semantics because it's very easy to visualize the
engine acting on your instructions and stopping as soon as it finds a
match.  I am a programmer, and I prefer programs to descriptions.

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