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354Re: Disambiguating the slash operator?

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  • crlender
    Jan 10, 2009
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      "Douglas Crockford" <douglas@...> wrote:
      > > return /^(?:[1-9]\d*|0)$/.test(val);
      > This case is decidable, which is why JavaScript parsers are able to
      > work, but there are problems in the language because it can be
      > difficult to determine the meaning of / without doing a full parse.
      > That is why I recommend that you write
      > return (/^(?:[1-9]\d*|0)$/).test(val);

      Thanks for the reply. I've never seen an example of where the slash
      in regex literals could be ambiguous for either humans or the parser.
      As far as I know, the parser always does a "full parse" in any case,
      and the ECMAScript syntax doesn't contain any ambiguous passages that
      I'm aware of. The same isn't always true for humans "parsing" code
      (typical gotchas are automatic semicolon insertion, and assignments
      where comparisons would be expected), so this JSLint message could
      indeed be valuable for debugging. I've just never seen a case where
      the slash was problematic.
      I would be grateful if you or another subscriber on this list could
      provide an example of such an ambiguous use of a regex literal.


      - Conrad
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