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• On Jul 30, 2013 7:26 PM, Erik Christiansen ... numbers? ... If you are speaking about numbers in programming language you should
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On Jul 30, 2013 7:26 PM, "Erik Christiansen" <dvalin@...> wrote:
>
> On 30.07.13 07:41, Ben Fritz wrote:
> > The OP specifically said that valid decimals are "in the form 1.0D0,
> > or more precisely \d\+\.\d\+D\d\+" so I didn't try stuff like "123."
> > or ".123".
>
> Wot ... just trust the problem specification? OK, the OP might be a
> mathematician or engineer, since fortran is mentioned, so you're
> probably right. But in years gone by, I sometimes wrote regexes for
> others in a technical department, and the original problem spec almost
> always had to be tightened, to exclude stuff which hadn't been thought of.
>
> > But possibly as in the other thread we need to account for negative numbers?
>
> If we change the test text to:
>
> 123 123.0 123. -456 0.123 .123 789
>
>
> > > /\v\.@<!<\d+>\.@!
>
> also finds -456, but the cursor is on the 4, not the minus sign.
> If signed integers are also needed, we'd probably have to ditch the
> precondition, since /\v(-?|\.@<!)<\d+>\.@! introduces an ambiguity which
> defeats that alternative. (It's rotten regex construction.)
>
> This, though, finds "-456", rather than "456":
>
> \v(^|[ \t+-])<\d+>\.@!
>
> but again finds "123" " 789", as before. Maybe that's OK?

If you are speaking about numbers in programming language you should take care about expressions: there is no number -456 in expression 123-456. Also note that in programming languages negative numbers may exist only as optimization for minus being an unary operator in an expression -456 (it does not make any difference whether you treat -456 as unary minus applied to positive 456 or as a negative number; but the latter is faster). So I would not widen the request this way.

\v[[:alnum:].]@<!\d+[[:alnum:].]@!

should be fine.

> Erik
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