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>Can any one define what a parsing operation is, what a parser does? For
>example in the help menu of Symantec Cafe, it gives a really useful, but
>circlular definition of "Parse"...Choose Parse to parse the file.
>I have feeling that this is one word that has become so overused, that it
>has lost its meaning.
Only at Symantec...
Parsing is splitting something (a file, stream, array or whatever) in to
An example of simple parsers are pieces of code that takes a string in the
form of an email address (somebody -at- someplace -dot- net) and break it into its
component parts (yielding "somebody" and "someplace.net") for processing by
other pieces of code.
Another one takes a string in the form of a file path
(/root/directory/directory/filename) and splits the filename from the
directory path (yielding "/root/directory/directory/" and "filename") for