From: Doug Ewell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Sep 26 2007 - 01:16:38 CDT
"Mike" <mike dash list at pobox dot com> wrote:
> I had to look up maven in the dictionary, and it means (according to
> Princeton University), "someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any
> field." So I guess I should be flattered, but when I first read it,
> it sounded like an insult. In truth, I have been just a user of
> regular expressions (using the excellent pcre project) until May of
> this year, when I decided to try implementing them myself.
"Guru" probably would have been a more recognizable word for what I had
in mind: an expert's expert. On no account did I mean any insult.
> I don't consider what I do to be "dinking around" as I'm sure you
> wouldn't say you dink around with language tags in describing your own
That was a poor choice of words on my part, and I apologize for it.
Regex enhancement is one of those fields that tend to attract both
seasoned professionals and dilettantes, especially in this open-source
age, and it's not always easy to tell who's who.
I'm certainly a knuckle-dragger when it comes to regular expressions; I
use the most basic 20% of the original 1970s Unix regex syntax almost
every day, but always have to consult references for anything beyond
that. That's why I usually stay out of regex discussions, and shouldn't
have gotten into this one, and will now bow out before I do any more
-- Doug Ewell * Fullerton, California, USA * RFC 4645 * UTN #14 http://users.adelphia.net/~dewell/ http://www1.ietf.org/html.charters/ltru-charter.html http://www.alvestrand.no/mailman/listinfo/ietf-languages
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