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Michael John Little wrote:
> Can any one define what a parsing operation is, what a parser does? For
> example in the help menu of Symantec Cafe,
> circlular definition of "Parse"...Choose Parse to parse the file.
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Parsing used in a programming environment normally means breaking the
source code down into the smallest unit the language can deal with.
These units are called tokens, or language primatives. For an easy to
understand illustration see page 303 of the cow book (Practical C
Programming by Steve Oualline, O'Reilly & Associates ISBN 1-56592-035-X)
I emailed you an illustration of parsing spreadsheet data, as I didn't
think it would be of interest to the list.