complement to $
schveiguy at yahoo.com
Fri May 14 06:20:10 PDT 2010
Currently, D supports the special symbol $ to mean the end of a
However, there is no analogous symbol to mean "beginning of a
container/range". For arrays, there is none necessary, 0 is always the
first element. But not all containers are arrays.
I'm running into a dilemma for dcollections, I have found a way to make
all containers support fast slicing (basically by imposing some
limitations), and I would like to support *both* beginning and end symbols.
Currently, you can slice something in dcollections via:
I could replace that end with $, but what can I replace coll.begin with?
0 doesn't make sense for things like linked lists, maps, sets, basically
anything that's not an array.
One thing that's nice about opDollar is I can make it return coll.end, so
I control the type. With 0, I have no choice, I must take a uint, which
means I have to check to make sure it's always zero, and throw an
Would it make sense to have an equivalent symbol for the beginning of a
In regex, ^ matches beginning of the line, $ matches end of the line --
would there be any parsing ambiguity there? I know ^ is a binary op, and
$ means nothing anywhere else, so the two are not exactly equivalent. I'm
not very experienced on parsing ambiguities, but things like ~ can be
unambiguous as binary and unary ops, so maybe it is possible.
So how does this look: coll[^..$];
Thoughts? other ideas?
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