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On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM, Gavin Wraith <> wrote:
> It is cool. It is not as widely applicable as Peter Shook's original
> patch, being only useable after the keyword 'local'. However, it does
> encourage the use of local variables and I find it very convenient.

Which is precisely why it's one of the few syntax tweaks I would
whole-heartedly +1.

> On the topic of lpeg I am full of admiration and frustration.

I've resisted for years but now realize that it is a most amazing
piece of technology.  I was prompted to write a tutorial because I
hoped that I could record my learning experience in a way that others
might find useful.

> Conflating patterns with strings has been a
> big source of unreadability and exploding escape-sequences.

Absolutely - no more 'magic' is a point that you do make. Being able
to _compose_ patterns makes it possible to approach string pattern
matching as a programmer, not as a cut 'n paste activity.

It's a new language. The tutorial aims to introduce the vocabulary in
a more gentle fashion, in a very interactive way. I still remember my
headaches with regular expressions and even Lua string patterns, and
then the light dawned. But non-trivial regular expressions still make
my head hurt to read.

Still not entirely sure how to write about grammars without scaring
the children!

steve d.