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Round PEG, Round Hole - Parsing Functionally

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February 27, 2010 6:35 AM

Durham, NC

Durham, NC

Many developers will be familiar with lex, flex, yacc, bison, ANTLR, and other related tools to generate parsers for use inside their own code. For recognizing computer-friendly languages, however, context-free grammars and their parser-generators leave a few things to be desired. This is about how the seemingly simple prospect of parsing some text turned into a new parser toolkit for Erlang, and why functional programming makes parsing fun and awesome.

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