Hi again Matthew,
This is the second in a series of posts to present a case for three features.
In this post, I'll focus on
When crafting long expressions with repeated components, I find the
(?(DEFINE)...) syntax immensely valuable. It is the key to writing modular regex. Some time ago I presented an example to show the value of such a modular regex here.
(?(DEFINE)...) allows you to drop short names in the pattern. These names expand to large sub-expressions. When sub-expressions are repeated in multiple places in the pattern, this lets you keep your sanity, because you don't have to change the pattern in multiple places.
I came up with a workaround that I explained here some time ago. Nevertheless, for compatibility with PCRE and Perl when translating large expressions, it would be wonderful to have the same
(?(DEFINE)...) syntax in
Thanks in advance for considering it.