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On 11/27/2013 7:37 AM, John Cowan wrote:
> Alex Shinn scripsit:
>> It was John who insisted that the names be added, and John
>> who came up with most of the new names, so I'm assuming
>> he genuinely wants them.
> I do, though I didn't come up with the idea and in fact was initially
> against having more than one way to do it, but you convinced me otherwise.
> I think the long names are more self-documenting, more Schemey, and
> will make SREs more accessible to people who find string REs an
> abomination of the outer darkness.
Hypothetically, lets say that this SRFI specifies a new regular
_expression_ syntax called NRE. It should be straightforward to transform
SREs into NREs. The existing SRE implementations (IrRegex and SCSH) can
provide a procedure sre->nre which people with existing SREs can use and
their code is not gratuitously left behind.
The problem with providing both short names and long names is that when
I write SREs I can just use the long names, but when I read other
peoples SREs, then I potentially still need to know both.