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Tokenizes a string that represents a regular expression. Dart port of ret.js

Regular Expression Tokenizer #

A Dart port of ret.js.

Tokenizes strings that represent a regular expressions.

Usage #

import 'package:ret/ret.dart';

final tokens = tokenizer('foo|bar');

tokens will contain the following object:

Root(
  options: [
    [
        Char(102),
        Char(111),
        Char(111),
    ],
    [
        Char(98),
        Char(97),
        Char(114),
    ]
  ]
)

Reconstructing Regular Expressions from Tokens #

The reconstruct function accepts any token and returns, as a string, the component of the regular expression that is associated with that token.

import 'package:ret/ret.dart';

void main() {
  final tokens = tokenizer('foo|bar');

  final setToken = Set(
    set: [
      Char(97),
      Char(98),
      Char(99),
    ],
    not: true,
  );

  reconstruct(tokens); // 'foo|bar'
  reconstruct(Char(102)); // 'f'
  reconstruct(setToken); // '^abc'
}

Exceptions #

ret.dart will throw exceptions if given a string with an invalid regular expression. All possible errors are

  • Invalid group. When a group with an immediate ? character is followed by an invalid character. It can only be followed by !, =, or :. Example: (?_abc)
  • Nothing to repeat. Thrown when a repetitional token is used as the first token in the current clause, as in right in the beginning of the regexp or group, or right after a pipe. Examples:
    • foo|?bar
    • {1,3}foo|bar
    • foo(+bar)
  • Unmatched ). A group was not opened, but was closed. Example: hello)2u
  • Unterminated group. A group was not closed. Example: (1(23)4
  • Unterminated character class. A custom character set was not closed. Example: [abc

Regular Expression Syntax #

Regular expressions follow the JavaScript syntax.

The following latest JavaScript additions are not supported yet:

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